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Cydia planning App Store for jailbroken iPhones, iPod touches

The developer behind Cydia, a package installer and manager for jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches, is opening an App Store-like service, according to the Wall Street Journal. Cydia will offer applications not allowed onto the App Store, such as the free Cycorder app, which allows the iPhone to shoot video, and PdaNET, a $29 program that allows the iPhone to function as a cellular modem. Jay Freeman, developer of Cycorder and the Cydia Store, says he decided to launch the service so developers whose work is either outlawed or denied access to the App Store have a way to make money from their efforts. A 27-year-old computer science doctoral student in Santa Barbara, Freeman says he intends to charge developers no more than the commission Apple does for his site’s billing services. Apple recently argued to the U.S. Copyright Office that jailbreaking constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, and is therefore illegal; Freeman says he has a lawyer lined up in case Apple takes legal action against him. “The overworking goal is to provide choice,” he says. “It’s understandable that [Apple] wants to control things, but it has been very limiting for developers and users.”

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1

Apple is going to royally screw themselves if they dont ease up on the need to control EVERYTHING that goes onto the ipod/iphone.

Posted by ahMEmon on March 6, 2009 at 8:09 AM (PDT)

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re #1: I can’t quite see how this is the case. For one thing, didn’t the iLounge poll just show that 86% of respondents were using non-jailborken devices? And that’s from a self-selected sample of what I’d classify as “enthusiasts,” so I’m guessing that overall, the percentage using jail-broken devices is significantly lower.

Second, of the people using jailbroken devices or developing for them, how many seriously think Apple should help them out with this?

Granted, there’s always room for improvement in the criteria Apple uses for accepting apps at the App Store and how they communicate the criteria to developers. But beyond that, I think the iPhone ecosystem will do just fine without help from the jailbreak crowd.

Meanwhile, I think Jay at Cydia just painted a nice bull’s-eye on the back of his jacket. Best of luck to him, but he’s doomed.

Posted by orgel in Falls Church, VA on March 6, 2009 at 9:49 AM (PDT)

3

Even if the US law declares jailbreaking to be illegal (it did not, yet), that will mean NOTHING on the European Union, and the rest of the world…so jailbreak and Cydia will continue, no matter what

Go saurik! *

Posted by jon on March 6, 2009 at 10:52 AM (PDT)

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re #3: So you’re saying you don’t think Apple’s legal department has the power to shut down a doctoral student in Santa Barbara, CA? I guess he must be a really, really wealthy doctoral candidate.

Posted by orgel in Falls Church, VA on March 6, 2009 at 11:07 AM (PDT)

5

Apple is doing the right thing, by jail breaking you can get pretty much all the applications by free with cracks and stuff like that…. you all should buy the applications and support the developers…. this is my opinion… Apple is protecting the developers as well… most of you never tho about this

Posted by Hansel Jr on March 6, 2009 at 5:57 PM (PDT)

6

and by the way, Apple is protecting, not controlling!!!

Posted by hansel Jr on March 6, 2009 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

7

50 years from now we all laugh at the feeble attempt made at the turn of the century to protect these so-called digital “rights”.

Posted by tim on March 6, 2009 at 7:05 PM (PDT)

8

Hansel Jr:

Be aware that Jailbreaking does not equate to piracy. Jailbreaking was around a long time before Apple officially opened up to third party apps. Indeed some of the apps you can buy on the App Store now had earlier versions available through the jailbreaking process. Plenty of people still jailbreak their iPhones to use the many useful apps and add-ons that the official app store will not allow.

An example would be Categories - which allow you to make folders in which you place apps. When you have a lot of apps (all legal in my case I’d like to add!) it allows you to keep Springboard more organised instead of having apps spread over several pages. This is very useful functionality, and something Apple should be providing themselves, but for some reason can’t be bothered. There are several other little apps that improve the usability of the iPhone. If all were to be made available in the official App Store I’d be very happy not to have to jailbreak.

Posted by Kadoogan on March 7, 2009 at 5:03 AM (PDT)

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I agree with #1. Apple is like a bunch of fascists goosestepping around telling US what WE can do with the device that WE BOUGHT from apple. Apple should be grateful, but like all mushy headed control freaks, they think we owe them for giving them money for a product that we want to use how we see fit.

Posted by Bonestar on March 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM (PDT)

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i personally hate apple i think they have good products like the ipod touch and iphone but they think there so amazing and they have so many restrictions i agree with Bonestar apple is very popular but they go around telling us what to do with the product we spent $230+ for and i think apple is waaayyy over pricing things honestly because of all their fans and supporters they basically price things any way they want and people will still buy it
we should have the freedom to do what we want with our over priced pieces of metal we bought from them

Posted by Peter Griffin on March 19, 2009 at 7:36 PM (PDT)

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