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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 Luticus on 12/16/2010 10:53:34 AM , Rating: 2
it's a mac store designed for mac users, since mac users like "easy" and the mac app store makes installing and downloading safely easy then yes, it will be a success because many mac users will use it. As long as the app store doesn't become the only way to install apps (as it is on official un-jailbroken ipods/ipads/iphones) I'm fine with it.

RE: Success or flop?
By Da W on 12/16/2010 2:28:40 PM , Rating: 1
I find my girlfriend's Macbook harder to use than my windows 7 PC. Mac=easy is so much 1990.

RE: Success or flop?
By Luticus on 12/16/2010 3:48:25 PM , Rating: 2
lol, the mac interface is clunky to those of us who are nerds and like things like "inline renaming", copy & pasting of files using right click, active (working, non-static) address bars, the ability to customize the desktop (with more than just a unique wallpaper).

but to the idiot user who doesn't know simple things like what the desktop is, where the start menu is, etc., by limiting the interfaces features and going with a slimmed down gui they've made using a mac fairly "stupid proof". You might not be able to do everything on a mac that you can on a pc but you if you can't work a mac at all you should take a computer class or two.

Personally, being the nerd i am, i find both platforms "easy". To a degree i even find a lot of linux distro's easy.

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