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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: PC App Store?
By lolmuly on 12/16/2010 11:18:41 AM , Rating: 1
Apple = OSX/Windows

i disagree... the driver's they provide hardly work at all. makes windows 7 crash all of the time, constant blue screens... a proper machine running windows 7 is a dream...

RE: PC App Store?
By superPC on 12/16/2010 11:44:44 AM , Rating: 2
i've never had a blue screens on my windows 7. software crashed to desktop once in a blue moon, but never caused a BSOD in my PC. if you often experience BSOD on windows 7 you should check your hardware. maybe something is loose or some component periodically stopped working.

RE: PC App Store?
By Iaiken on 12/16/2010 12:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
He's talking about using Boot Camp on a Mac. I've had similar experiences with Win7 on my wife's iMac.

Thankfully she's smart enough to have finally seen through the gears of the Apple propaganda and come to the realization that I have fewer problems with with my custom built Win7 machine than she has with that POS iMac.

Yellowing Screen? Check!
DVD-Rom jammed? Check!
OSX bug caused the page file eat up her entire HDD? Check!

The first one required a complete replacement unit. The second one required a trip to the Apple store. The last problem I was able to fix after hours of research. Amazingly, I wasn't able to find any info on the problem in the Apple support forums, but hundreds of occurrences out in the wilds of the internet. Hrmm...

RE: PC App Store?
By Iaiken on 12/16/2010 12:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah!

Just the other night it shut itself of and went into a boot loop that wouldn't have been so bad if it didn't make that f***ing annoying "bong" sound every time.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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