Apple launches Mac App Store

Summary:Apple kicked off its Mac App Store today, launching it with more than 1000 apps.

Apple kicked off its Mac App Store today, launching it with more than 1000 apps.

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The company used the launch to highlight well-known Mac apps like iMovie and GarageBand as well as others available such as Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro and Ancestry.com's Family Tree Maker app.

"With more than 1000 apps, the Mac App Store is off to a great start," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. "We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favourite apps."

The Mac App Store works for Snow Leopard users, Mac OS X v10.6.6. Prices range from free to AU$99.99 for Aperture 3.

The most interesting item around the Mac App Store launch is how it will affect software distribution. The App Store model has been a boon for the iPhone and iPad, but Mac developers have typically gone the packaging route. Digital distribution is likely to change the equation a bit.

Some have opined that prices are going to fall quickly, affecting traditional Mac developers.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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