TouchMyApps » piracy http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.7 Android Marketplace strangled by porn and piracy http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/android-marketplace-strangled-by-porn-and-piracy/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/android-marketplace-strangled-by-porn-and-piracy/#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38673 The Android Marketplace has real success stories such as Aaron La’s Advanced Task Manager; its open slant gives opportunity to many developers who can’t afford a Mac to join a huge market place. Every day, Android grows, and barring the all-out success of Windows Phone 7, it is destined to remain at the top, at … Read more]]>

The Android Marketplace cracked

The Android Marketplace has real success stories such as Aaron La’s Advanced Task Manager; its open slant gives opportunity to many developers who can’t afford a Mac to join a huge market place. Every day, Android grows, and barring the all-out success of Windows Phone 7, it is destined to remain at the top, at least as market share leader. But, all is not well.

According to the Reg, Google’s hands-off approach allows its Marketplace to drown in oceans of porn just as the App Store was chocked by useless apps (fart and flashlight) in its early days. There is another negative effect: piracy. Despite the fact that the average selling price for Android apps is less than their iPhone, developers are strangled by app pilfering. The net result is that 49% of Android developers are making less than they expected and only 27% making more than they expected. Again, there is no question that Android is the market leader. For developers, it is an attractive platform. But it isn’t the heaven and spice that disgruntled iPhone developers may think it is. Google needs to adapt to keep its most important customer, the developer, happy. Happy, loaded developers make great apps. Currently iPhone Development, while a lot more controlled, has a friendlier, more lucrative face; it also tends to sport much more high quality apps.

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Pirating made easy with the Easy iPod Media Sharer http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/20/pirating-made-easy-with-the-easy-ipod-media-sharer/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/20/pirating-made-easy-with-the-easy-ipod-media-sharer/#comments Thu, 20 May 2010 12:09:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33211 Cute accessory. Hammacher Schlemmer’s Easy iPod Media Sharer looks like a cheap digicam, but it does as much for your music as Apple and Amazon’s squabbles. For only 99,95$ CAD, you can enjoy pirating music from the comfort of your own iPod. This device allows you to easily share music, video, and pictures between two … Read more]]>

Cute accessory. Hammacher Schlemmer’s Easy iPod Media Sharer looks like a cheap digicam, but it does as much for your music as Apple and Amazon’s squabbles. For only 99,95$ CAD, you can enjoy pirating music from the comfort of your own iPod.

This device allows you to easily share music, video, and pictures between two connected iPods without the use of a computer. It automatically recognizes when you plug in iPods (either Mac or PC formatting) on either end, and it can transfer a three-minute song in five seconds and a 30-minute video in three minutes. The device can also transfer any files when the iPods are set to “disk drive” mode. Its rechargeable battery provides up to 1 1/2 hours of operation during transfers, and includes an AC adapter that recharges the device in four hours; iPods are recharged while connected. Not compatible with iPhone or iPod Touch. 3/4″ H x 2 1/4″ W x 3 1/2″ D. (2 oz.)

Compatible iPods:

  • Mini (no bass)
  • Nano (the foldable)
  • 3rd Gen iPod (spaz buttons)
  • 4th Gen iPod (Photo)
  • 5th Gen iPod (Video)
  • 6th Gen iPod (Classic)

Full spec at Hammacher Schlemmer

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The iPad and eBook Piracy – Ghost reads? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/27/the-ipad-and-ebook-piracy-ghost-reads/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/27/the-ipad-and-ebook-piracy-ghost-reads/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2010 15:35:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=26801 With speculation that Apple’s new device will be aimed squarely at eBook readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, it may be high time to postulate its role as a modern conduit for the hoisting of eBook pirate’s flags. Not that pirates will directly use the iWhatever for straightforward stealing – though that’s hardly a far stretch … Read more]]>

With speculation that Apple’s new device will be aimed squarely at eBook readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, it may be high time to postulate its role as a modern conduit for the hoisting of eBook pirate’s flags. Not that pirates will directly use the iWhatever for straightforward stealing – though that’s hardly a far stretch – its almost certain popularity may manoeuvre into position as a pirate-pleasuring-platform.

Before piracy of music was made popular by internet formats such as MP3, and well before people began compressing movies in order to skirt DVD prices, pirates laboriously scanned the pages of books for PDF formatting. There was an art to it in the days of analogue. Today, books come in digital formats as noted by CNN, often sell more than their pBack versions.

Combine eBooks’ popularity with as much as 3,1x greater sales than pBack books, and you reap a pirate’s heaven. In fact, a little piracy may do users good: eBooks are often bought for the same price as paperbacks; the problem is that users have fewer rights regarding eBooks.

If on average, eBooks are purchased for similar prices as pBacks and at higher frequency, both pirates and publishers have room to develop their creative muscles: publishers to protect a massive new monetary scheme, and pirates to break that protection. Publishers could take note of Tapulous’ efforts to monetise on the piracy of their software rather than outright fight an inevitably losing battle.

Hear ye Pirates and Publishers – Just make sure to spill only each other’s bloods in the bout which is about to explode. Consumers need none of your pretentious quibbles.

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Profiting from Piracy – Tap Tap’s Revenge http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/26/profiting-from-piracy-tap-taps-revenge/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/26/profiting-from-piracy-tap-taps-revenge/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:08:36 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=26737 Tap Tap Revenge is an addictive music game which appeals to all ages and players. No wonder it has been pirated nearly as much as it has been legitimately downloaded. But rather than sitting on their collective thumbs, Tapulous infused Tap Tap with a little wonder called in-app purchasing. Pirates too can enjoy padding dev’s … Read more]]>

Tap Tap Revenge is an addictive music game which appeals to all ages and players. No wonder it has been pirated nearly as much as it has been legitimately downloaded. But rather than sitting on their collective thumbs, Tapulous infused Tap Tap with a little wonder called in-app purchasing. Pirates too can enjoy padding dev’s pockets by buying virtual goods and songs in-app. OS 3.0 brought with it myriad new features, but this in-app purchasing alone may help devs recoup some of the losses incurred from rampant iPhone piracy.

If you care to see what all the fuss is about, try out one of Tapulous’ exciting Tap Tap games:

Tap Tap Revenge 2.6 Tapulous, Tap Tap Revenge 2.6 – $0.99

Tap Tap Revenge Classic (paid version) Tapulous, Tap Tap Revenge Classic (paid version) – $0.99

Tap Tap Revenge 3 Tapulous, Tap Tap Revenge 3 – Free

Tap Tap Coldplay 1.1 - 13 Tracks Tapulous, Tap Tap Coldplay 1.1 – 13 Tracks – $4.99

Lady Gaga Revenge Tapulous, Lady Gaga Revenge – $4.99

Nine Inch Nails Revenge Tapulous, Nine Inch Nails Revenge – $4.99

Metallica Revenge Tapulous, Metallica Revenge – $4.99

Dave Matthews Band Revenge Tapulous, Dave Matthews Band Revenge – $4.99

Christmas With Weezer Tapulous, Christmas With Weezer – $4.99

More after the gap:

Tapulous has been profitable since June of last year and boasts a user base of 25 million. In-app purchases can have great benefit to devs and artists alike because  their customer base, is to some extent, locked in. Adverts and affiliate sales may well be the best tool savvy software devs have against the trend to take without paying.

Of course, some devs have noted that piracy doesn’t really hurt their bottom line. Many people pirate just for the sake of owning that game which everyone raves about; many people will never use that item and represent the smallest of threats to developers.

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Ninja’s VS pirates: Japanese mobile users to walk plank http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/08/ninjas-vs-pirates-japanese-mobile-users-to-walk-plank/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/08/ninjas-vs-pirates-japanese-mobile-users-to-walk-plank/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2009 08:37:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=19628 The Japanese mobile phone market is incredible. If the iPhone hasn’t picked up steam in the island nation, it is probably for good reason: it simply doesn’t do half of the ‘mobile internet things‘ it needs to in order to be useful in Japan. One, is piracy. Apple’s sandboxed OS is great for stopping malicious … Read more]]>

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The Japanese mobile phone market is incredible. If the iPhone hasn’t picked up steam in the island nation, it is probably for good reason: it simply doesn’t do half of the ‘mobile internet things‘ it needs to in order to be useful in Japan. One, is piracy. Apple’s sandboxed OS is great for stopping malicious code, and may even be the best way for porn connoisseurs to finally escape the viral effects of their habit. But, it isn’t a great platform for getting free music; especially in the land of the rising sun.

According to the Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri, certain BBS services and webpages are loaded with tunes for mobile phone users to capitalise on without having to part with any capital.

If my maths are correct, about 330 million songs are ‘legitimately’ downloaded in Japan yearly and about 400 million not so. Accordingly, both markets (if I may use the term) are the world’s largest in the mobile arena. On 16 September, a new system which is aimed to deter would-be pirates will be discussed by the bigwigs behind the RIAJ (Recording Industry Association of Japan), telecom operators, and others.

Assuming that the room doesn’t implode in the absence of air, a new system should be in place by 2010 which will ‘deter’ a user from mobile phone piracy. Essentially, the system is a do-it-once-and-be-warned system. Users who engage in the same activity twice, however, will be remotely disconnected from their music, or terminated from similar downloads.

Interesting, but as with top-heavy system, the triumvirate composed of the RIAJ, telecome providers, and whomever else, will itself be costly, and in the end, only work as long as their security measures aren’t broken. The real problem isn’t piracy, it is that the system is way overpriced. Currently, Japanese users have to pay up to 300 yen per downloaded, low quality song; a price which is no different, and sometimes more expensive per album than a CD.

The RIAJ may think it fair to sell black and white photocopies of a book at similar prices to the real thing thing, but in turn, had better be ready to face up to its own malpractice. The system itself is overbearing. Another lumbering step, and it will only prove its daunting age to a generation of consumers who wants change.

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