Chinese Pirate iOS App Store Thriving. – No Jail Breaking Required

Pirate App Store ChinaI can’t be the only one who sees the irony in this situation. Only a few weeks ago, Chinese State-run film studio Shanghai Animation filed a lawsuit against Apple for pirating movies. Today, TechInAsia is reporting that a development team in China has launched an entire Web store for pirating Apple apps. Who is calling the kettle black, now?

According to TechInAsia, the development team, KuaiYong, has launched a website dedicated to offering pirated iOS titles to users free of charge. Additionally, this is a Jailbreak-free service. Users will have software from the Kuaiyong PC app automatically downloaded to their device, and then they will be able to access the pirated apps.

The website uses geolocation to detect whether visitors are from China or not. If you are not in China, you will receive an error message when you try to download an app. Or, you will be redirected to the home page. Although, KuaiYong does have plans to launch an international version of the pirate App Store in the future.

Considering Apple has been under a lot of scrutiny in China for various issues, it is interesting to see that the same country to call the iPad maker a thief, a pirate, and a pornographer allows such an epic piracy to take place with no apparent repercussion.

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