Apple Ships Out iLife 09, Piracy Rates go Through the Roof
Article by George Norman
On 28 Jan 2009
Apple, who first showcased iLife 09 at the Macworld Expo, has started shipping out the product which features the very innovative iPhoto 09. Getting a license to use iLife 09 will set you back between $10 for a new user upgrade and $79 for a new license, but Apple may never get to cash these amounts since tens of thousands of people have downloaded pirated versions of iLife 09 from torrent sites.

“iLife ’09 will be available January 27 for a suggested retail price of $79 through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The iLife Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after January 6, 2009 for a shipping and handling fee of $9.95. The iLife ’09 Family Pack includes five licenses and will be available for $99 and the Mac Box Set which includes iLife ’09, iWork ’09 and Mac OS® X v10.5.6 Leopard® will be available for $169,” says Apple.

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According to recent reports, it seems that at least 20,000 people did not want to part with their hard earned money, but wanted to get iLife 09 nonetheless. Now the thing is that pirated software is not exactly reliable, not to mention that by getting such products you are basically performing copyright infringement, or software piracy. The more distressing issue is that pirated software for the MAC OS X has recently been used to spread malware: Intego discovered that pirated versions of iWork 09 are infected with a Trojan, and so are pirated versions of Adobe Photoshop CS4.

We do not encourage the use of pirated software and we are strongly advising you not to download pirated versions of iLife from torrent trackers. But if you really must do so, then at least take the issue of security at heart and make sure you do not get infected.



Tags: Apple, iLife 09, iPhoto 09, Macworld 2009
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