Amazon takes on Mac App Store

 

Amazon has quietly added a new extension to its software download store, adding 250 applications and games for Mac OS X, according to Arstechnica.  Amazon apparently uses a standard download manager to install the applications. Some of the applications found on the new store include Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Photoshop Elements, Toast, Dragon Age Origins, and The Sims 3. None of these titles are available on the Mac App Store. One has to wonder if Amazon is taking a swipe at Apple for suing Amazon over the term App Store in its new Android store.

The discrepancy, however, is due in part to Apple’s requirements for App Store distribution. All Amazon requires, however, is for developers to integrate with Amazon’s payment system and generate license keys when a title is downloaded. Amazon users, however, must enter keys manually. Amazon uses its Amazon Cloud service to store downloads so users can download the title again if needed.

Amazon calls its service “Mac Downloads Store,” possibly to avoid further conflict with Apple. We will have to continue watching this saga as it plays out. For those Mac fans out there, a screenshot of the store is above. In addition, you can check out the store at Amazon’s site.

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ccoltmanm said,
Why not include downloads for Windows?

Because they're doing it to **** Apple off. They are also probably trying to start out small. I think the big 3 digital distributors will be Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. They are getting their selves onto everything.

ccoltmanm said,
Why not include downloads for Windows?

You can already download Windows software from Amazon, and this Mac App Store isn't new either, they just added more titles and gave the thing a name.

wixostrix said,

Because they're doing it to **** Apple off. They are also probably trying to start out small. I think the big 3 digital distributors will be Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. They are getting their selves onto everything.


This'll be interesting for Barnes and Noble. If Google doesn't offer the android market (or it sucks, which seems like the direction it's going) than Barnes and Noble'll be in the awkward position of becoming a player in the tech world (more-so than they already are), or partnering with Amazon.

Unless of course, Microsoft can find a way to get their .xap files to work on Android... which I wouldn't put it past them to do, come to think of it.

Actually. What would happen if MS released a .xap emulator for Android?

Instead of platform wars, we'll have App store wars. Microsoft v Apple v Amazon, with all smaller developers plugging into one of them.

wixostrix said,

Because they're doing it to **** Apple off. They are also probably trying to start out small. I think the big 3 digital distributors will be Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon. They are getting their selves onto everything.


No business is run to "**** someone off". That's a horrible business idea.

They're run to make a profit, so I suppose Amazon see some opportunity here in taking on Apple themselves, but I very much doubt they'll succeed on a grand scale. They're competing with now established and built-in OS features. In fact, this came very much out of the blue to me.

It'd make more sense to offer Windows downloads to me, since Windows doesn't even have an official app store yet. Except that crappy "Windows Marketplace", of course, that not even Microsoft likes and seem to intend to abandon for something new in Windows 8.

Northgrove said,

No business is run to "**** someone off". That's a horrible business idea.

Lol, I know that isn't their business model, but who doesn't like to spice things up. I think Amazon is seeing a very big opportunity here. There are so many apps for Android and the market requires no approval process. Amazon can exploit that issue by offering their own marketplace that does have an approval process so people can find the quality apps in the sea of garbage that is associated with any marketplace. Yes, Apple and Microsoft approve their apps and they let the spam in because it's a numbers game for them. Don't let Microsoft fool you. They say they would rather have quality over quantity, but unfortunately, large app availability is a factor people consider when buy a new phone. If they could they would love to tout about how many apps their marketplace has. For right now they are just say how fast it's growing, faster than Android, faster than iOS. They just added 1,200 apps in less than 5 days. Many of them from a single developer who could have put them in one. Apple does it too though. How do you think they were able to achieve 500k apps when they just announce they had 300k less than a year ago?

Northgrove said,

No business is run to "**** someone off". That's a horrible business idea.

Really? What is the profit in making a free ChromeOS other than eating up Windows's moat (aka ****ing off Microsoft)? Sure Google stabilizes some of their ad revenue by getting people to visit ONLY websites because they are putting up 90% of the ads on the Internet, but they are already doing it on browsers on all the other OSes.

It's a great business idea because it's destabilizing your competitors.

I love what Amazon is doing because Retail is their strength and cash cow. They are doing a great job of staying with the times.

I am sure there will be a Windows application store as well if Microsoft were to start one for Windows 8.

Edited by Jebadiah, May 29 2011, 11:28am :

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