After spending a better part of 2011 with patent wars with Samsung and other major Android manufacturers, Apple is now concentrating to crack down iOS Apps piracy. The major signal to it is Apple sending “Take Down” Notices to Install0us and AppTrackr, a major cracked iOS apps Indexing site.
It is a known fact how much Apple protects its Apps Store and its developers. In the Lets Talk iPhone conference held last year Apple had announced that it had spent billions of dollars to develop its iOS developer community. With AppTrackr giving the option of installing apps for free using its tool known as Install0us on Jailbroken devices, this site has deprived the fruit company of potential million of dollars.
Its sad to see how many iDevice users Jailbreak their device just to install paid Apps for free and hence undercutting the developers revenue by huge margin. Some of the applications are NOAA Radar US, Nike+GPS, and more are available to the jailbreakers.
An excerpt from the site’s mission statement reads:
When far-too-many applications on the App Store are complete and utter shit, consumer money is wasted on applications that are promptly deleted by the enraged, ripped-off customer. Although it is not our place to decide, we believe that money should only be directed to developers who show an interest in creating innovative, fun and imaginative applications that are worth the price we pay.
While the battle for piracy is not a new one with music piracy epic going on since many years, but unlike audio files applications are purely digital in its entirety. Once installed there is literally no difference with a paid app or the cracked version of it, hence this is only logical for Apple to get into cleaning this mess now.
Apptrackr in its recent blog post has mentioned that to avoid any legal crackdown on its website the webmasters have transferred and moved servers to copyright havens. As this has increased the maintenance cost exponentially the site owners have left with no choice but to add advertisements on the CAPTCHA code page.
From AppTarckr :
Over the last several months, Apple has been scraping apptrackr for links and sending huge takedown notices for a ton of content. We’ve been working to keep apptrackr up-to-date, but the only (effective) way to prevent automated takedowns was to add a CAPTCHA to outbound links. In addition, we finished moving our servers to several different countries earlier this week. This has raised our costs far beyond what we can afford with declining donations, meaning that we will have to place an advertisement on that CAPTCHA page …
Now it will be interesting to see how Apple tackles Apps piracy as this is a very wide phenomenon in the software industry in every segment.