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Apple's latest "App Store" will launch in early January

While a handful of "app stores" like Valve's Steam have delivered software to PCs in the past, these stores generally lacked diversity, mostly just offering game downloads.  No PC app store really offered customers the opportunity to buy instantly-downloadable apps of all kinds -- everything from games to productivity software.  That's about to change as Apple is set to introduce the world's first full-featured personal computer App Store on January 6.

Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, fond of bragging about the company he founded, states, "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps.  We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6."

The Mac App Store will come to Mac users in the form of a Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) update.

The initial Mac App Store will launch in 90 countries and include familiar categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.  As with the iPhone/iPad App Stores, Apple will keep a 30 percent cut, handing developers 70 percent of app sales.

Apple's press release even included this nugget: "Apple...recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices."

Apple often describes its products as "magical", but it's hard not to give Apple its dues when it comes to its success in pioneering the mobile App Store concept and its equally pioneering effort to port that success to the PC.

Apple won't be alone in this market for long though -- Google's incoming Netbook/Notebook Chrome OS will feature a "Web Store" filled with internet apps.  While that app store has technically launched, its app catalog at this point is very sparse.

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RE: Success or flop?
By luseferous on 12/16/2010 10:37:13 AM , Rating: 4
Makes me glad I don't own a Mac. Its bad enough apple telling me what i am allowed to run on my iphone and randomly pulling payed for apps. (with no reason given)

Think I will stick to my pc and the the entire internet as a source of apps not just limit myself to those vetted by Steve and co.

RE: Success or flop?
By mydogfarted on 12/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: Success or flop?
By xti on 12/16/10, Rating: 0
RE: Success or flop?
By CU on 12/16/2010 11:26:10 AM , Rating: 5
It isn't now, but give it a few years and it may be. Apple will lock it down as much as they can.

RE: Success or flop?
By zorxd on 12/16/2010 12:18:57 PM , Rating: 5
That was my thought.
And they will say it's for your protection from virus/porn/etc.

RE: Success or flop?
By Da W on 12/16/2010 2:24:56 PM , Rating: 2
With a 30% cut software developper won't allow an apple monopoly to develop.

RE: Success or flop?
By KoolAidMan1 on 12/18/2010 12:24:27 PM , Rating: 2
This post is ridiculous, you honestly think that this is the only way to buy Mac software?

Do you also believe the package manager is the only way to download apps for Ubuntu? How about Steam for games?

Give me a break.

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