“Piracy is a minor but still important problem for iPhone app developers, says analytics firm Pinch Media. The company notes that shortly after the launch of the App Store in 2008, it began receiving complaints that Pinch tallies of new users were exceeding official figures displayed by iTunes Connect. The discrepancy is now believed to be attributable to piracy, tracked by Pinch since May of 2009,” iPodNN reports.
“Of the iPhones and iPod touches tracked by Pinch’s systems, some 4 million are currently said to be jailbroken. Jailbreaking is a necessary step before using an unsanctioned app; only 38 percent of hacked devices — roughly 1.5 million — are known to have used a pirated app however, a comparative minority,” iPodNN reports. “Real piracy is believed to be somewhat higher, mainly due to pirate efforts at evading detection.”
iPodNN reports, “Regionally the largest ratio of pirated apps, over 37 percent, is said to be found in China. Almost 25 percent of Russian apps are pirated, and in Brazil the figure is approximately 22 percent. Japan, Great Britain and the US are said to exhibit the smallest piracy rates, no higher than 5 percent and closer to 3 percent in Japan.”
More info, including graphs, in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]