Blapkmarket is — correction: was — a website that distributed Android apps for free. The only problem was that the website was distributing apps that were never meant to be free, so it was shut down by its hosting company. Blapkmarket, a play on words of the “apk” file extension of Android apps, hosted a number of apps that cost money in the Android Market, leaving the hosting company no choice but to take down the pirated apps and shut down the website.
Blapkmarket’s creator Jesusxxx claimed that the website was for sharing and was frequented mainly by users in other countries who do not yet have access to paid apps. This is a problem that Google has failed to deal with for over a year, and their unwillingness (or inability) to finally create a method for people to legally acquire these apps was a recipe for piracy.
It goes without saying that neither I nor Gadgetell endorse piracy of apps, but when a highly-coveted product isn’t made available through legal channels, people will find a way to get that product through other means. Some may argue that Blapkmarket is good for “testing” apps without paying for them, but the reality is that pirated apps repositories are havens for stealing. The same argument is made for previewing albums by downloading leaked MP3’s, but people typically keep those MP3’s without buying the CD. Content creators deserve compensation for their work and consumers deserve a chance to acquire that content legally. Google would be wise to increase support for paid apps across the globe, especially since Android’s “apk” apps are so easy to pirate.