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I just found an Android web store called AppBucket. When you pay a subscription, you can download non-free software from their service. The site doesn't really explain what kind of deals they have with the developers of these non-free apps, but I guess they buy software once and then sell it to all their subscribers, which seem a bit illegal. What do you think?

It is very tempting to subscribe to this service, as my Android market in my country has just free apps available. But I don't want to break the law!

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If developers dont get paid, we stop wasting time making good games.. then android will only have crap games that doesn't take much effort to make. – user2872 Feb 12 '11 at 13:26
@user2872 Yes, that's exactly why there's no good non-profit software ever made. Well, except Firefox. And Ubuntu. And Apache. And... Uh, wait, what was my point again? – Ilari Kajaste Sep 25 '11 at 20:03
@IlariKajaste Your examples are all open source software with alternative business plans. For example, Mozilla receives tens of millions of US dollars in revenue from their search deal with Google. – Intrications Nov 15 '11 at 18:00
@AshtonBRSC Hmm, admitted. Should have used better thought out examples. Regardless, the point about non-paid development being crap remains false. Let's throw in instead Audacity, VLC, TrueCrypt... I don't care, I'm tired of discussing this same silliness everywhere. It really comes down to basic discussion abilities. user2872 should have said "If developers don't have a means to get paid, I'm worried that it will lower the overall quality of android games." instead of "android will only have crap games" There is a difference. I should have pointed it out instead of attacking, true. – Ilari Kajaste Nov 16 '11 at 7:47
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Interesting question.

Nowhere on their site do they mention how a developer would go about listing their application. They only have 968 apps and their Twitter feed claims they are apps that are not available elsewhere.

They explicitly state their support for the Pirate Party and then talk about the "crack" that they are using, while others are accusing them of piracy outright.

I think that all the signs point to one conclusion.

Update (22nd August 2012): AppBucket's domain has been seized by the FBI as part of crackdown on app piracy.

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Yea. And the conclusion is, that app is a cool thingy. Institutionalized piracy, so to say. I of course won't use it ;-)) – Quandary Sep 17 '10 at 16:14

I'm pretty certain it is an illegal service that is pirating apps (not to mention spamming all comments of apps to check out their service). Do not support their piracy, it hurts us developers.

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There is a thread on the Android Market itself about AppBucket and a developer named KevinBaker claims his app is available from them and he receives nothing. He even posted an email he sent to them and their response is unbelievable. It looks to be illegal to me...

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