Over 1.5 million Apple devices using pirated iPhone apps; most pirates located outside U.S.

“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.]


  1. Part of the problem doing business in the world outside the west is that no one wants to pay for IP. They consider it should be free. In many ways this applies to almost all things, even the persons around them. I wish more people understood this different “perception” regarding property and the rights associated with it, but almost no one does or will even spend the time to learn. I would equate the beliefs to a feudal or pre-feudal framework whereas “if no one is able to physically defend the property then it must be mine” decision process.

  2. @Frobots

    I can not but lots of things that are sold elsewhere, but usually it is not the faukt of the company selling the item, but is attributable to local regulations preventing the sale of the item. This is why many if not most apps are not available outside the US, the local regulators will not allow it becau$e the proper form$ have not been completed.

  3. “Why is it just because you don’t get caught stealing, people think it’s okay?”

    Ask Charlie Rangel. Oh, wait, he got caught – along with the other tax dodgers in this administration. Crooks, all of them.

  4. I was going to say ‘The bastards can’t afford a buck or two for an App?’ and then I realized the people in the richest country in the world, and Americans too, steal $1 tunes all the time.

    Pirates have only one leg to stand on.

  5. I didn’t like the way Pinch Media tracked iPhone/iPod Touch users without notifying us. I’ve since taken measures to avoid this.

    If you want to avoid being tracked by Pinch Media, jailbreak your iPhone/iPod Touch and add http://cydia.i-phone-home.net/ to Cydia’s sources. Then search for and install “CompiledHosts”.

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