Cydia Store for iPhone Launches Today

For those with jailbroken iPhones, Cydia is the place where you can download 3rd party applications that don’t make it into the App Store. Such applications like QIK, PDAnet, Cycorder, Snapture, Winterboard, Clippy, and more.

Most applications are free in Cydia, but some can be purchased via PayPal. Well, that process for getting paid apps is going to get a bit easier with the launch of the Cydia Store, which was announced yesterday by Jay Freeman (aka saurik) on Twitter.

What’s the rationale behind the store and how can it benefit us? Well, for starters developers that want to create apps outside of Apple’s guidelines can release them in the Cydia Store and get rewarded for their efforts. Here is what Jay had to say about the Cydia Store on his Twitter timeline:

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Some people would say that the Cydia Store would eventually get rid of all the free apps we’ve gotten used to so far. My argument to that is if someone creates a killer app, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be rewarded for their efforts. Free apps will always exist because some people enjoy making them for everyone to use.

Nevertheless, the announcement of the Cydia Store should be very interesting once it’s out. For those with jailbroken iPhones, what 3rd party apps have you purchased via Cydia? It would be interesting to see. Let me know in the comments!

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  • Teebs

    Boo! If it evolves to payment I’ll find other ways to get my applications, thanks Cydia! It’s been fun.

  • Teebs

    Boo! If it evolves to payment I’ll find other ways to get my applications, thanks Cydia! It’s been fun.

  • Teebs

    Boo! If it evolves to payment I’ll find other ways to get my applications, thanks Cydia! It’s been fun.

  • Teebs

    Boo! If it evolves to payment I’ll find other ways to get my applications, thanks Cydia! It’s been fun.

  • jon

    Free stuff like winterboard wonยดt turn into comercial software. Like in the appstore, free stuff is a big part of the eco-system.

    I personally bough Swirlly MMS and Intelliscreen from Cydia…and its money very well spent

  • wintersdark

    this is incredibly good news! Cydia will always have free apps – just like the app store does – but this provides a good incentive for developers to…well…develop. Given that there already are lots of paid apps on cydia, I wouldn’t expect anything majorr to change except a more reliable, centralized and consistant payment channel.

    Very, very good news.

    Personally, I’ve bought a couple apps I got from cydia – realsms, pdanet as examples. I lookforward to more devs moving to Cydia when apple turns them down/drags their feet approving.

    Ironically, this will force Apple to improve their own app store just to compete. It’s nothing but good for us iPhone users!

  • wintersdark

    this is incredibly good news! Cydia will always have free apps – just like the app store does – but this provides a good incentive for developers to…well…develop. Given that there already are lots of paid apps on cydia, I wouldn’t expect anything majorr to change except a more reliable, centralized and consistant payment channel.

    Very, very good news.

    Personally, I’ve bought a couple apps I got from cydia – realsms, pdanet as examples. I lookforward to more devs moving to Cydia when apple turns them down/drags their feet approving.

    Ironically, this will force Apple to improve their own app store just to compete. It’s nothing but good for us iPhone users!

  • wintersdark

    this is incredibly good news! Cydia will always have free apps – just like the app store does – but this provides a good incentive for developers to…well…develop. Given that there already are lots of paid apps on cydia, I wouldn’t expect anything majorr to change except a more reliable, centralized and consistant payment channel.

    Very, very good news.

    Personally, I’ve bought a couple apps I got from cydia – realsms, pdanet as examples. I lookforward to more devs moving to Cydia when apple turns them down/drags their feet approving.

    Ironically, this will force Apple to improve their own app store just to compete. It’s nothing but good for us iPhone users!

  • alamarco

    I don’t mind paying for Apps on Cydia, I already paid for iRealSMS. If the application is good, then it deserves reward. I agree with the developers on this one, Cydia wasn’t just meant for free applications, it was a way for developers to get their applications onto the iPhone when Apple refuses them.

  • alamarco

    I don’t mind paying for Apps on Cydia, I already paid for iRealSMS. If the application is good, then it deserves reward. I agree with the developers on this one, Cydia wasn’t just meant for free applications, it was a way for developers to get their applications onto the iPhone when Apple refuses them.

  • alamarco

    I don’t mind paying for Apps on Cydia, I already paid for iRealSMS. If the application is good, then it deserves reward. I agree with the developers on this one, Cydia wasn’t just meant for free applications, it was a way for developers to get their applications onto the iPhone when Apple refuses them.

  • alamarco

    I don’t mind paying for Apps on Cydia, I already paid for iRealSMS. If the application is good, then it deserves reward. I agree with the developers on this one, Cydia wasn’t just meant for free applications, it was a way for developers to get their applications onto the iPhone when Apple refuses them.

  • alamarco

    I don’t mind paying for Apps on Cydia, I already paid for iRealSMS. If the application is good, then it deserves reward. I agree with the developers on this one, Cydia wasn’t just meant for free applications, it was a way for developers to get their applications onto the iPhone when Apple refuses them.

  • sean h

    Does anyone know if there has been full disclosure already about how much Jay Freeman (cydia) will benefit financially from this move? If cydia, like apple app store, receive a percentage of the sales, that is not a problem for me, but I would like to know.

  • sean h

    Does anyone know if there has been full disclosure already about how much Jay Freeman (cydia) will benefit financially from this move? If cydia, like apple app store, receive a percentage of the sales, that is not a problem for me, but I would like to know.

  • sean h

    Does anyone know if there has been full disclosure already about how much Jay Freeman (cydia) will benefit financially from this move? If cydia, like apple app store, receive a percentage of the sales, that is not a problem for me, but I would like to know.

  • sean h

    Does anyone know if there has been full disclosure already about how much Jay Freeman (cydia) will benefit financially from this move? If cydia, like apple app store, receive a percentage of the sales, that is not a problem for me, but I would like to know.

  • Guest

    Boo is right! Even though I do give respect to developers and there apps/games but Cydia store, o boy! lol

  • Guest

    Boo is right! Even though I do give respect to developers and there apps/games but Cydia store, o boy! lol

  • Dusty

    Boo is right! Even though I do give respect to developers and there apps/games but Cydia store, o boy! lol

  • Guest

    As long as Cydia continues to have free apps/games, Im happy! Cydia always has some cool crap being released. Yes it was a good way for developers to get there name out there, plus app/game. But Apple just has to many restrictions on the app store!

  • Dusty

    As long as Cydia continues to have free apps/games, Im happy! Cydia always has some cool crap being released. Yes it was a good way for developers to get there name out there, plus app/game. But Apple just has to many restrictions on the app store!

  • Cgyrunner

    Personally, I don’t mind paying a few bucks for apps that I use constantly and are well written and supported. Having said that, I do prefer ‘trial’ periods or try-before-you-buy apps instead of to having to buy it outright and find that I don’t use or like the program.

  • Cgyrunner

    Personally, I don’t mind paying a few bucks for apps that I use constantly and are well written and supported. Having said that, I do prefer ‘trial’ periods or try-before-you-buy apps instead of to having to buy it outright and find that I don’t use or like the program.

  • Cgyrunner

    Personally, I don’t mind paying a few bucks for apps that I use constantly and are well written and supported. Having said that, I do prefer ‘trial’ periods or try-before-you-buy apps instead of to having to buy it outright and find that I don’t use or like the program.

  • Cgyrunner

    Personally, I don’t mind paying a few bucks for apps that I use constantly and are well written and supported. Having said that, I do prefer ‘trial’ periods or try-before-you-buy apps instead of to having to buy it outright and find that I don’t use or like the program.

  • Cgyrunner

    Personally, I don’t mind paying a few bucks for apps that I use constantly and are well written and supported. Having said that, I do prefer ‘trial’ periods or try-before-you-buy apps instead of to having to buy it outright and find that I don’t use or like the program.

  • Cgyrunner

    Personally, I don’t mind paying a few bucks for apps that I use constantly and are well written and supported. Having said that, I do prefer ‘trial’ periods or try-before-you-buy apps instead of to having to buy it outright and find that I don’t use or like the program.

  • someone

    LOL i get it now.

    They have springboard, so then theres winterboard…….

    heh. It all makes sense

  • someone

    LOL i get it now.

    They have springboard, so then theres winterboard…….

    heh. It all makes sense

  • someone

    LOL i get it now.

    They have springboard, so then theres winterboard…….

    heh. It all makes sense

  • someone

    LOL i get it now.

    They have springboard, so then theres winterboard…….

    heh. It all makes sense

  • someone

    LOL i get it now.

    They have springboard, so then theres winterboard…….

    heh. It all makes sense

  • The Cydia Store is now live! Check Cydia. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Cydia Store is now live! Check Cydia. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Cydia Store is now live! Check Cydia. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Cydia Store is now live! Check Cydia. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Cydia Store is now live! Check Cydia. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alsway7

    Even if Freeman is taking a share of the profits, that shouldnt be a problem. He DID after all spend his time programming Cydia. He never asked for anything for you to use it, maybe its time to reward him for his hard work and efforts.

  • Alsway7

    Even if Freeman is taking a share of the profits, that shouldnt be a problem. He DID after all spend his time programming Cydia. He never asked for anything for you to use it, maybe its time to reward him for his hard work and efforts.

  • Alsway7

    Even if Freeman is taking a share of the profits, that shouldnt be a problem. He DID after all spend his time programming Cydia. He never asked for anything for you to use it, maybe its time to reward him for his hard work and efforts.

  • Yup, I’m with you on this one. We have all benefited from Cydia so this model is only fair when you think about all the time and work Jay has spent!

  • Yup, I’m with you on this one. We have all benefited from Cydia so this model is only fair when you think about all the time and work Jay has spent!

  • Yup, I’m with you on this one. We have all benefited from Cydia so this model is only fair when you think about all the time and work Jay has spent!

  • Yup, I’m with you on this one. We have all benefited from Cydia so this model is only fair when you think about all the time and work Jay has spent!

  • Yup, I’m with you on this one. We have all benefited from Cydia so this model is only fair when you think about all the time and work Jay has spent!

  • Wintersdark

    Absolutely. He’s getting, from my understanding, a comparable cut to what Apple takes on the appStore. Honestly, though, how much he makes is no business of mine.

    That said, I hope he does very well with Cydia Store. He’s put a vast amount of time and effort into developing for the iPhone – both in independant applications and in the underlying framework for others to build on.

    He’s done more for the iPhone than anyone except Apple themselves. He deserves to do well!

  • Wintersdark

    Absolutely. He’s getting, from my understanding, a comparable cut to what Apple takes on the appStore. Honestly, though, how much he makes is no business of mine.

    That said, I hope he does very well with Cydia Store. He’s put a vast amount of time and effort into developing for the iPhone – both in independant applications and in the underlying framework for others to build on.

    He’s done more for the iPhone than anyone except Apple themselves. He deserves to do well!

  • Wintersdark

    Absolutely. He’s getting, from my understanding, a comparable cut to what Apple takes on the appStore. Honestly, though, how much he makes is no business of mine.

    That said, I hope he does very well with Cydia Store. He’s put a vast amount of time and effort into developing for the iPhone – both in independant applications and in the underlying framework for others to build on.

    He’s done more for the iPhone than anyone except Apple themselves. He deserves to do well!

  • Wintersdark

    Absolutely. He’s getting, from my understanding, a comparable cut to what Apple takes on the appStore. Honestly, though, how much he makes is no business of mine.

    That said, I hope he does very well with Cydia Store. He’s put a vast amount of time and effort into developing for the iPhone – both in independant applications and in the underlying framework for others to build on.

    He’s done more for the iPhone than anyone except Apple themselves. He deserves to do well!

  • Wintersdark

    Absolutely. He’s getting, from my understanding, a comparable cut to what Apple takes on the appStore. Honestly, though, how much he makes is no business of mine.

    That said, I hope he does very well with Cydia Store. He’s put a vast amount of time and effort into developing for the iPhone – both in independant applications and in the underlying framework for others to build on.

    He’s done more for the iPhone than anyone except Apple themselves. He deserves to do well!

  • Wintersdark

    Absolutely. He’s getting, from my understanding, a comparable cut to what Apple takes on the appStore. Honestly, though, how much he makes is no business of mine.

    That said, I hope he does very well with Cydia Store. He’s put a vast amount of time and effort into developing for the iPhone – both in independant applications and in the underlying framework for others to build on.

    He’s done more for the iPhone than anyone except Apple themselves. He deserves to do well!