Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

Summary: The most interesting item around the Mac App Store launch is how it will affect software distribution.

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Apple kicked off its Mac App Store Thursday and launched with more than 1,000 apps.

In a statement, Apple highlighted well known Mac apps like iMovie and GarageBand as well as others from Autodesk.

The Mac App Store works for Snow Leopard users, Mac OS X v10.6.6. Prices range from free to $79.99 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 for traditional Mac developers.

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  • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

    Can't wait to see this fill up with 1000 tip calculators!
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

      @Loverock Davidson

      BTW, Loverock, what's up with your comments anyway? Is is just good natured ribbing? Besides, Windows 8 is slated for its own app store features and I'm sure they will have its share of tip calculators as well.

      However, for those with Apple computers, Apple is offering Aperature 3.0 for half cost (or about 80 dollars, as Larry stated) Not bad but I was hoping for the iWork update. Guess I'll have to settle for one of those tip calculators instead. Grin.
      kenosha77a
    • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

      @Loverock Davidson

      And don't forget all those fart apps.
      sackbut
  • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

    Yes!
    james347
  • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

    Great concept. The idea of buying a new computer and being able to go and grab all of my purchased apps and have them reinstalled. Plus being able to get notifications of and download the updates for all purchased apps is a great paradigm change. Nothing like it on Windows yet of course but it would be nice if they copy this concept.
    macdonalds
    • they will

      @macdonalds
      they will copy it. and sure enough, they will copy it poorly.
      banned from zdnet
      • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

        @banned from zdnet

        I agree, lately Microsoft have had many a hit and miss moments, specially when copying others in the market (Apple). I don't think they will innovate on any concept for a very long time.
        reyonlines
      • Oops, Apple is the one doing the copying

        @banned from zdnet
        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Games_for_Windows_%E2%80%93_Live#Marketplace

        December 2009 is when MS released their marketplace. Apple, once again, copied MS.
        NonZealot
    • This has been on Windows for years.

      @macdonalds
      It is called Steam and it is HUGE. Apple is, once again, copying what they see in the Windows world and tricking iDiots into believing that Apple invented it.

      Even the mobile app store was implemented on Windows Mobile (and others) LONG before Apple ever thought of adding it to the iPhone.

      Apple is incapable of true innovation. They are, however, extremely proficient as marketing their copycat products and features as being "innovative".
      NonZealot
      • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

        @NonZealot Yes.
        snoop0x7b
      • You're the most dislusional person here

        Steam has nothing to do with Microsoft, and it's all about gaming. Is gaming computing to you? And Steam is available for the Mac too, Doh! A better example might be Ubuntu's Software Center, but then again you don't know anything about linux either. You're just a Windows Zealot
        @NonZealot
        GoPower
      • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

        @NonZealot
        Once again you post from ignorance masquerading as information. Steam is NOT huge, by any definition of the word. It is NOT well known outside the gaming community, generally is NOT used for distribution of content outside of games, is NOT integrated with the OS, and it accounts for only a small percentage of overall software transactions.
        Also, it is NOT from the "Windows world." In fact, Valve originally went to MS, among others, to implement the basic concept, and they were turned away.
        Second, the method of main method of installation on WinMo (ActiveSync) is not the same thing as the app store, at all. But since you are not privy to Apple's R&D,I seriously doubt that you can support any statement re: when Apple thought of implementing an app store.
        While the Windows Marketplace for Mobile is similar, it was started in 2009, quite some time after the App Store. It would seem that prior to your current iPhone, you were NOT a WinMo user, as you appear to know nothing about the platform.

        You, apparently, are incapable of disseminating accurate information. You are, however, extremely proficient and lies, B.S., and FUD.
        DeusXMachina
      • @Deus: You are an idiot

        [i]While the Windows Marketplace for Mobile is similar[/i]

        I wasn't talking about Windows Marketplace you moron.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handango

        [i]Handango InHand, available since 2003 for Symbian UIQ[1][2][3], since 2004 for Windows Mobile[4][5] and Palm OS[6][7], since 2005 for Blackberry[8] and since 2006 for Symbian S60[9][10], is a on-device application store for finding, installing and buying software for your mobile device. Application download and purchasing are completed directly on the device so sync with a computer is not necessary.[/i]

        Apple did not invent the mobile app store, they copied it directly from Handango.

        [i] It would seem that prior to your current iPhone, you were NOT a WinMo user, as you appear to know nothing about the platform.[/i]

        Deus's foot please meet Deus's mouth. If you knew anything about WinMo you would have known about Handango. However, you are ignorant of all technologies other than Apple's copies.
        NonZealot
      • @GoIdiot

        [i]Steam has nothing to do with Microsoft[/i]

        I never said it did. I was responding to this quote from the OP:
        [i]Nothing like it on Windows yet[/i]

        Steam has been on Windows for years and Apple's Mac store is [b]exactly[/b] like Steam.

        Apple only knows how to copy ideas that others have had first. They never ever innovate anything on their own.
        NonZealot
      • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

        @NonZealot "They never ever innovate anything on their own."

        Never? You have to at least admit that positioning the laptop keyboard next to the screen was innovative. It's just one of the thousands of personal inventions by Steve Jobs himself.

        "Of course not. All laptops had keyboards. Moving it was not innovative since it was obviously the only way it should be done." Got it.

        LOL...
        rynning
      • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

        @NonZealot<br>Funny how you pick and choose what respond to you ignoramus.<br>First, you are replying to someone else's post, so you don't get to dictate what you were talking about. The OP was talking about Windows.<br>Second, convenient and interesting that you failed to respond to 90% of the points that I made re: Steam.<br><br>I wasn't talking about Windows Marketplace you moron.<br><br>So says you, but again, even with Handango, you don't get to define the parameters of the OP's comments. More to the point handango is NOT the same thing as the App Store. In fact, it is even less like the App Store than the Windows Marketplace. And this coming from a troll with your posting track record. As for the disparaging of my intelligence, again, I'll pit my degree against yours, any day. And my old and useless MCSE.<br><br>"Apple did not invent the mobile app store, they copied it directly from Handango."<br><br>Funny, seeing as how they are not even superficially similar.<br><br>As for your belief that it was wildly popular, such that anyone who owned a WinMo phone HAD to know about it, funny how you don't notice the disconnect between that statement and your harangues that everyone thinks that the App Store was first. Either you are right, and thus you are wrong, or you are wrong, and thus you are wrong. Either way, you are wrong.<br><br>"However, you are ignorant of all technologies other than Apple's copies."<br><br>You aren't even competent to discuss that.
        DeusXMachina
      • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

        @NonZealot Where they may not innovate they certainly are great at putting their twist on things like this and making the a huge success where others couldn't or hadn't.
        non-biased
    • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

      @macdonalds nothing like proving notifications for updates available for the Microsoft software installed? really? What concept?
      pupkin_z
    • Nope

      @macdonalds I hope they don't copy the concept. After all it isn't really needed. Ever hear of Download.com?
      statuskwo5
  • RE: Apple's Mac App Store launches with more than 1,000 apps

    Good stuff. This lays the groundwork to move OS X from Intel to ARM architecture. Windows is announcing the OS first and waiting for apps to be ready to port over. With this App store everyone using X-Code will be able to set the architecture setting in a future X-Code release and have their apps ready for ARM for laptops.
    Yaalanhoo