Despite Being Cracked, Mac App Store Hits One Million (Legal) Downloads

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Even though Apple’s new app store is only approaching its second day, hackers claim they’ve already cracked it. Members of Hackulous, who became famous for cracking the Apple DRM, have developed “Kickback,” a program that will allow you to download apps for free from the Mac App Store, according to Gadgets DNA.The catch is it won’t be out until February. The reason for the wait? Dissident explains:

Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store [in the first instance] will be decent, they’ll be pretty good. Apple isn’t going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. It’ll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, we’ll probably release Kickback… So we’re not going to release Kickback until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers.

Dissident goes on to explain how the app works on these YouTube videos.

I guess it’s nice to know that there’s some people out there that have a moralistic stand on developer’s rights… well, kind of. However, Logan of Appinsect has devised a way to crack the app store now.  We at Techland don’t condone piracy, so we’re not going to tell you how to do it.

Apple probably cares a great deal about this breach, but it’s not affecting their sales. In the first day since the Mac App Store was launched, they received over one million downloads according to a press release from Apple. The store already has 1,000 paid and free apps for your perusal, with more to be added in the upcoming days. “We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs said in the statement. “Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”

More on TIME.com:

Apple’s Mac App Store Opens for Business With 1,000 Programs

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Smash-and-Grab Apple Store Thefts Becoming Frequent

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