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:
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!