Tag - BundleCult
Editor's Note: as MacNN closes at the end of this month, we're showcasing some of our favorite pieces from its recent history. I'm Malcolm Owen, and I helped out on a series of reports concerning a collection of "bundle" sites that sold licenses for a number of apps, but failed to pay the developers behind those apps. The first report appeared in November, with an updated reminder of what was going on published in April this year, the content of which is repeated below.
We confess, this week the news was a little on the bad side in the world of Apple and tech in general: the War on Encryption continues with new shenanigans from the formerly-respectable FBI and DOJ; the MacBundler/BundleCult/MightyLoots saga continues with tales of dual (at least) identities, angry unpaid developers, and (we would have to say) a bizarre "apology" that suggests that the wolf resume guarding the hen house one more time. Then there's Smile, which has put a few frowns on a few faces this week. Find out why Mike and Charles are feeling a little Statler & Waldorf this week on episode 58 of The MacNN Podcast, and get a smoking hot good deal thrown into the bargain.
After a few days of silence, the MacBundler curator has resurfaced, and issued what he calls a public apology to the Mac community. In the email, Dan Kingsley reiterates that he was only aware of a problem with MightyLoots bundles recently, and it appears that he wishes to work with a small handful of developers involved in the MightyLoots bundles to put another bundle up for sale to generate funds to pay developers for previous bundles completed on August 11 and 30 of 2014 that had gone unpaid.
There have periodically been bad actors among software bundle creators, and it has come to MacNN's attention that there is likely another that has been running bundles for some time under the BundleCult and MacBundler names, amongst others. Does this all sound familiar? It should -- MacNN originally ran the story about the group and issues paying developers in October, and we're reminding readers now about it, because another bundle by the same group has gone on sale today.
[Updated with return of MacSprout's from domain suspension] Bundles for software distribution have nearly always been a driving force of independent developer's software distribution. It can be even be argued that something like Microsoft Works was a bundle, back in the day. When broadband reached critical mass in the early part of this century, downloadable bundles of software really took off. There have periodically been bad actors among bundle creators, and it has come to MacNN's attention that there may be another that has been running bundles for some time under the BundleCult and MacBundler names, amongst others. The accused had a bundle active recently, which has been shuttered early.
Last week, MacNN highlighted a deal that was too big for the Daily Deals post, so it had its own story. Since there's eight days left for it to run, we thought you may want a reminder if you want to get it before it ends. The BundleCult's July Mac Bundle is a collection of ten essential apps to make your use of OS X easier, by helping you to manage your files, improve your web experience, and overall make you work smarter when using your Mac.
Occasionally, MacNN discovers a deal that is a bit too important to go into the normal Daily Deals post, so it gets highlighted on its own instead. The deal this time is BundleCult's July Mac Bundle, a collection of ten essential apps to make your use of OS X easier, by helping you to manage your files, improve your web experience, and overall make you work smarter when using your Mac.