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    Apple Sends 'Take Down' Notices to AppTrackr - Major Source of Pirated iOS Apps

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    imageApple Sends 'Take Down' Notices to AppTrackr - Major Source of Pirated iOS Apps

    AppTrackr - which is a website that allows users to illegally download and install pirated iOS apps has announced (via ****) that they have started receiving take down notices from Apple.

    AppTrackr claims that Apple has been scrapping their links and sending them take down notices for a lot of their content, which has forced them to implement CAPTCHA checks to all outbound links.

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    • zemetraszemetras Posts: 5
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      My favourite site =(
    • WolverinemarkyWolverinemarky Posts: 518
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      I didn't even know people still used them and am shocked it took apple this long to go after them
    • AdreasAdreas Posts: 2
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      Don't worry. Nothing will change, Apple has to pretend that is taking measures to take down apptrackr, for the developers. Apple is getting a lot more money from selling hardware than selling software in any place. So Apple likes all this fancy jailbreaking and apptrackr free apps thing, though they have to pretend that they don't like it.Think of that, Cydia already has a huge store. And it is all based on jailbreaking. Imagine if the jailbreaking ends. Cydia will go down. And iphone/ipad etc sales will go down also.Don't worry developers make applications for us, we promise to fight jailbreaking and apptrackr... NOT! :p
    • george04george04 Posts: 4
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      APPLE can't stop them as soons as they are moving their servers in different countries...i love **** :)
    • ParadoxParadox Posts: 327
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      Funny thing is, people will go on and on about how apple is better than driod, and droids apps suck, yet they will blatantly steal programs via **** from programers making the apps they love for their iPhones. Don't you get it people. If you don't support programers through the purchase of their apps, you will ultimately drive the programers out of the market and we will be left with crap apps like droid.While I agree more programmers need to Demo their programs before we buy, stealing them is not the way to push the issue. And please don't lie to yourself or us about how you buy after you steal... If its not free or 99 cents, I am guessing your credit card never leaves the wallet.Now forgive me if I am ranting, and this isn't meant to be a direct attack against pirates. But, 90% of the pirates are the same people whining about not having an untethered jailbreak, and how the phone is useless without a jailbreak. Useless because they won't pay for their apps. I agree with Wolverinmarky, I am shocked it has taken this long for apple to get involved. The programmers haven't had the money to fight legal battles and defend their software from piracy. Apple starting to defend their programers is long over due. I myself want clean running apps hassle free. Now more and more every day, the apps are worthless without in app purchases/subscriptions, and the companies are getting greedier and greedier with the in-app stuff. Charge me 4.99 and let me use the app. Not charge me extra every time I want to use it. Is this partly greed on the company's part... yes .. but its also largely due to rampant piracy. The only way to stop the illegal use of their apps, is to charge for access from within them. It's destroying the market and killing us that pay for our apps.
    •  Posts: 30
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      What no article on how to get pirated apps from apptrackr?
    • TroyTroy Posts: 45
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      Look at iphone hacks trying to act like they never doanloaded a pirated .ipa lol
    • iPhoneHacksiPhoneHacks Posts: 2,315
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    • hahahaha Posts: 33
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    • iPhoneHacksiPhoneHacks Posts: 2,315
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      @Troy haven't pirated a single app, the money needs to go into the pocket of hard working developers so we can motivate them to bring the next killer app to our iOS devices. Let's also not forget that many of these developers do that for a living.We do understand there are issues that Apple needs to address to protect users from fraudulent developers, but that can't be an excuse to steal apps.
    • LowstrungLowstrung Posts: 2
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      I feel like apple is trying to do what Sony, paramount, and all the big movie company's are trying to do with their movies on **** sites.I really don't think apple is going to get anywhere, soon anyway.Isn't like 90 percent of jail breakers running ****?
    • RandomiciousRandomicious Posts: 14
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      I actually do pay for the app after pirating it, if I like it that is. I'm not paying $ for something I may not like, just to delete it after finding out it's crap. So I pirate it, and if I like it enough to keep, I go and buy the legit app from the app store. And I'm sure I'm not the only one, however few of us there might be. I agree with everything else you said though :D
    • axeaxe Posts: 185
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      I use 4s n i hv more than 760 apps stored on itunes app store. There r many paid apps that sometimes gone free. Either celebrating new app launch or seasons greeting promo. I bought many great apps but sometime apple just kill it without any compensation to its customers such as itether n iconproject. Well i want a jailbroken 4s mainly sbsettings n some other cool stuffs that apple found it violating their policy if put on appstore. So not always jailbreakers r being blamed as pirates. I for one like to buy real apps coz they r easy to maintain with itunes n faster updates download. DUN be a cheap bastard !!!
    • GrimeGrime Posts: 216
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      Pirates are going to put the developers out of business? They've been saying that from day one. PC's, consoles and smart phones are constant targets of piracy and they're still here. I'm not saying its right, it just is. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has made more than a BILLION in sales, pirated or not. If you build it they will come! Make the best App you can and hope for the best, some will buy some won't, life goes on.
    • FUFU Posts: 41
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      Apple should allow users to test-run the apps for 24hrs. Some apps looks good but after you've paid for it, it sucks big time.
    • WiiltWiilt Posts: 104
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      +1 to both of you, the only app i pirated was the I Am Rich app.
    • patpat Posts: 32
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      I partialy agree with you. My point is app develpers won't have enough new idea or concept to develp "amazing app" on this phone right now. I have been using iphone 4 for 1.4 years. At the very beginning, i was so exciting about tons of apps. I wanna try them one by one. However, half a year later, i was so tired about those same concept apps. I don't c any new apps can be defined as "amazing" any more in the next 1 year (except SIRI, that's a good one). Currently, I have less than 20 apps installed on my iphone(85% of them are free apps), and 70% of all the apps I might only use once or twice a week. Some of them even once a month or none. I seldom check app store right now. At the end of the year, many website recommend apps sale here and there, I don't even wanna to download it after checking what the app is about. No new concept, just apps awaste of my time.Furthermore, Android cell phones provide road navigator for free, in app store they charge you at least $40+ for a decent nvigation app. Can you tell me why?!
    • -X--X- Posts: 64
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      Most of us....get your novel that you just wrote. However, people like me, are sick and tired of being ripped off for apps that suck. If the app I got from **** is worthy, then I'll gladly buy from app store. "oh but it's just $1"...whatever. That's $1 times a million downloads for an app that sucks or is falsely advertised. Yeah, way to promote that developer for making a piece of crap app. The solution...offer 1 day trial demos for all apps. If it sucks, dont buy it. Too freakin' easy.
    • -X--X- Posts: 64
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      Just gonna copy and paste what I said before...If the app I got from **** is worthy, then I’ll gladly buy from app store. "oh but it’s just $1", whatever. That’s $1 times a million downloads for an app that sucks or is falsely advertised. Yeah, way to promote that developer for making a piece of crap app. The solution…offer 1 day free trial demos that includes ads for all apps. If it sucks, don't buy it and you end with a "bi-winner". Developer gets his $ from advertiser and consumer gets to try before buy, eliminating the need for **** in order to do the same thing.
    • iPhoneHacksiPhoneHacks Posts: 2,315
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      "However, half a year later, i was so tired about those same concept apps" - That's an interesting point. We think part of the issue is with the discovery process has become so tedious with more than 500k apps in the App Store.Though we agree that the number of apps based on a new ideas has reduced, developers surprise us with beautifully designed apps that are a lot more intuitive to use. A good example is Tweetbot.Btw, check out our top 50 must-have apps:http://www.iphonehacks.com/2011/12/top-must-have-apps-iphone-ipod-touch.htmlWe hope you find some useful apps from that list.
    • jackjack Posts: 149
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      Exactly what Fu said. I'm not going to pay 5$ for an app only to learn after d/l it's crap. If apple would have some kind of trial period I would have no need for ****.
    • JohnJohn Posts: 790
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      Not anymore loser. Get a job, get laid, and buy some apps.
    • JohnJohn Posts: 790
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      Not anymore loser. Get a job, get laid_and buy some apps.
    • lollol Posts: 79
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      I download pirated stuff from **** all the time, and WILL NEVER buy anything for my iphone!! AHAHA **** App trials, you guys keep on buying the apps so Developers have money to improve them while i DOWNLOAD THEM ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE! =)
    • vesi4avesi4a Posts: 3
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    • GaryGary Posts: 37
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      Until every single app has a trial (the 24hr thing sounds fair!) I will happily pirate apps and delete the total crap of which there are thousands, and purchase the few i'll actually use more than once. There is no way I will ever get behind a system that makes the user jump through hoops to get $ back (if at all). even a buck here and there adds up, I don't just walk down the street throwing money in the garbage cause it's just a bit here and there either..
    • ParadoxParadox Posts: 327
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      Apple makes $0.30 cents on the dollar for app purchases. With over a billion apps legally downloaded.... Where are they making money?Hardware sales my ass. That's child's play compared to the gold mine the app store is.
    • ParadoxParadox Posts: 327
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      I don't disagree with you X. What needs to be done is have a method available for developers to secure their software but offer three day trials. After three days the program locks and gives you the option to buy via the in-app purchase.
    • GaryGary Posts: 37
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      That would also scare away a lot of the devs out to cash in on the fact that they know most (not all, but most) people aren't going to jump through said hoops to get $.99 back so they put together junk, get a couple friends to review it and put up 5 stars, then watch the $ roll in...
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