Apple opens Mac App Store with 1,000 apps

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Today Apple launched their new Mac App Store they unveiled back in October. Apple announced that they would be opening the Mac App Store for Snow Leopard, and launching with Lion in summer of 2011.

The App Store kicked off with over 1,000 free and paid applications available immediately. The applications range from basic support applications toup full games and much more. Apple also introduced that they will be releasing iLife suites available for $14.99 each.

Apple already has successful app stores on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, a rock solid business for not only Apple, but developers. The new Mac App Store will surely bring a new wave of developers, inspirations and creativeness to the Mac, something that Mac OS X really needed.

The Mac App Store will to download with the new Mac OS X v10.6.6 from Apple's website.

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I like it, I like it a lot, it is a good development for Mac end users and for devs. I just installed the new Twitter client and it installs just like on an iOS device, so for new Mac users this will be very intuitive. I expect that when my apps need an update that the icon for the App Store will show a badge, just like on iOS too.

I wonder when MS will roll out their copy cat App Store? Can MS even call them 'Apps' considering they are 'Programs'?

I wonder when MS will roll out their copy cat App Store? Can MS even call them 'Apps' considering they are 'Programs'?[/quote]
I think once they see this is working for Apple Microsoft will go this route. It really is a good idea, and it allows small developers to get their apps out to the computing public; it puts them all in one place, hence easier to find.

derekaw said,
I like it, I like it a lot, it is a good development for Mac end users and for devs. I just installed the new Twitter client and it installs just like on an iOS device, so for new Mac users this will be very intuitive. I expect that when my apps need an update that the icon for the App Store will show a badge, just like on iOS too.

I wonder when MS will roll out their copy cat App Store? Can MS even call them 'Apps' considering they are 'Programs'?


http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/All-Software/category/8

derekaw said,

I wonder when MS will roll out their copy cat App Store? Can MS even call them 'Apps' considering they are 'Programs'?

Microsoft already has a Marketplace in Windows 8. Way to fail at trolling.

andrewbares said,
Microsoft already has a Marketplace in Windows 8

Haha, sorry but that sentence made laugh. You logic is what is failing

andrewbares said,

Microsoft already has a Marketplace in Windows 8. Way to fail at trolling.


Last time I read about that that was a rumor, and even if, maybe he wasn't aware? Doubt there were any trolling.

As for the Apps vs Programs, programs on a windows machine can also be called applications, and app(s) is really just a shorter form of that so yea...

This will be good for users and developers. I think that this is a terrific addition to the platform that makes sense. I just hope that the Mac platform continues to stay open enough so that non-app store developers can stay competitive.

This is definitely going to change the game for how Mac users find apps. And its now another revenue stream for Apple. Brilliance!

asdavis10 said,
This is definitely going to change the game for how Mac users find apps. And its now another revenue stream for Apple. Brilliance!
And for developers...I mean lets face it it's not very easy for a dev to get the attention of major sites like TUAW or MacRumors

Now honestly... Let's not have another brigade of articles claiming "5000 APPS!!!!" then "10000 APPS!!!!". It gets ridiculous.

dcoaster said,
Now honestly... Let's not have another brigade of articles claiming "5000 APPS!!!!" then "10000 APPS!!!!". It gets ridiculous.

Well it's actually big news for a store like this to have 5 000 or 10 000 apps. The Mac doesn't have billions of software like Windows.

TonyLock said,
It wont let me download. It says:

"We could not complete your App Store request. An unknown error occurred (100)"


Log out, quit the app and sign in again.

saxondale. said,

Log out, quit the app and sign in again.

+1
Was ****ing me off. I finally logged out, quit, logged back in and was shown the TA page then it worked.

Rudy said,
I was expecting the number of apps to be a bit higher but it's not bad
Yeah, I'm surprised that big names like Skype and Spotify are missing to be honest.