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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: App store for MAC == iStupid
By Luticus on 12/17/2010 11:42:17 AM , Rating: 2
lol, i couldn't have said that better myself. as someone who uses all the various platforms every day both professionally and leasurely i can honestly say my preferences go windows 7 then debian, then mint, then mandriva, then fadora, then (k)ubuntu, then other linux distros i've missed then all the way at the bottom... osx.

RE: App store for MAC == iStupid
By muhahaaha on 12/18/2010 1:59:54 AM , Rating: 2
Amen brother.

The media thinks they know different though. Steve sends them a bunch of free iCrap and they have an orgasm and rave about the company known best for yellow screens, antenna problems, Foxconn employees jumping to their deaths, etc. Any other company would be made bankrupt by upset users.

Apple's abandoning of XServe pretty much proves they aren't concerned with supporting business. They'd rather garnish 30% off the top of what everyone else develops on their CrAppStore. Why innovate when you can just plunder from those who innovate? Typical JobsCentric magical reality distortion thinking.

I had an Apple IIe when I was like 10 years old, and it sucked compared to my older TI-99/4A. My later purchase of a Commodore Amiga was a total MAC killer (color graphics, etc.), but sadly, Commodore couldn't get their act together, and floundered. MAC was still black and white, and primitive.

I have no love for Apple, obviously. They are great at making expensive toys and have the best marketing department on the planet. I'll give them that.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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