March 6, 2009 | Robert Nelson
Jay Freeman of Cydia fame is currently in the planning stage of opening up a new service called the Cydia Store, and just like the name implies, it will be a store — complete with paid apps.
Now keep in mind, that there are already paid applications in Cydia, but this new store would be set up in a manner similar to the official App Store with a central payment system. That differs from the current setup which requires users to pay the developers directly. As for how much the Cydia Store will cost for developers, while that has not yet been set in stone, Freeman is planning to charge no more than the commission setup that Apple currently uses.
Freeman has also gone on to state that “the overworking goal is to provide choice,” but at the same time he is keeping an eye out for that cease and desist from Apple and has already found a lawyer in preparation.
As a fan of jailbreaking and ultimately choice I can only wish Freeman the best of luck with the Cydia Store. I look forward to seeing what the Cydia Store has to offer in the future. My only concern would be that Apple would begin to put their anti-jailbreaking ways into overdrive now that there is “real” money at stake.