Apple's software distribution score: 1 million OS X Lion downloads

Now it's clear why Apple's servers were straining a bit as it launched OS X Lion to the masses: More than 1 million downloads were being delivered in a day.

Now it's clear why Apple's servers were straining a bit as it launched OS X Lion to the masses: More than 1 million downloads were being delivered in a day.

The bigger picture here is that OS X Lion, which goes for $29.99, represents Apple's roll-your-own distribution via its Mac App Store. By cutting out the middleman and shrink wrap, Apple can cut the price, keep the profits (it's sharing revenue with itself) and distribute an OS efficiently.

In fact, this OS X experiment for Mac software is likely to have bigger implications for other companies such as Adobe. What will PhotoShop go for on the Mac App Store.

Apple's delivery could be bolstered a bit as servers struggled on the day, but it's hard to argue with the distribution model for Mac software.

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