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Mac App Store launching with over 1,000 applications

Today is the official start of CES here in Las Vegas, but Apple is grabbing some headlines of its own with the official launch of the Mac App Store. Much like the iOS App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, the Mac App Store allows users a single, unified place to go for OS X applications.

As usual, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was on hand to boast about his company's latest efforts in software distribution. “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps,” said Jobs in a press release.

Like the iOS App Store, OS X applications will be placed in categories (Games, Graphics and Design, Education, Productivity, etc.). Developers must also adhere to Apple's "one step" process for installing apps on a user's machine, and follow its strict app submission guidelines.

“We’re delighted to bring our professional-grade paint and drawing app, Autodesk SketchBook Pro, to the Mac App Store on its first day of launch,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO. “We’ve seen tremendous success on the Mac, iPhone and iPad with multiple apps. We’re excited to offer SketchBook Pro on the Mac App Store so artists can easily create everything from quick sketches to high-quality artwork right on their Macs.”

Individual iLife '11 applications like iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand will be available for $14.99 each. Apple's Aperture 3 software will be available for $79.99.

The Mac App Store is apart of Mac OS X 10.6.6 and can be downloaded via Software Update.

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RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 11:18:44 AM , Rating: 1
Just run Windows Live Essentials in Bootcamp. It's better than iStuff anyway. :)

..and free.
..and cloud enabled.

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/6/11, Rating: -1
RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 1:10:48 PM , Rating: 2
Which part?

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Taft12 on 1/6/2011 4:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
"cloud enabled" as a selling feature is always good for a few yuks

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 10:20:42 AM , Rating: 1
Hm. Sorry but *seamless* integration between all owned PCs, WP7 phones , and every other PC on the planet with a web browser is indeed a selling feature. iPhoto is pretty cool...but useless by definition if you're not in front of your Mac.

The masses right now think "the cloud" is just a buzzword because they either never use it, or don't realize when they are.

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/9/2011 2:26:21 AM , Rating: 2
All of it. Those are horrible horrible applications you are endorsing.

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/10/2011 6:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
Really? You try them *recently*?

The photo app for example. The facial recognition and especially the UI that it uses blow the apple recognition away.

I'll admit that it's an opinion and yours is not invalid just because it differs. I'm not off my rocker though. There are reviewers who have said the same.

Are you sure you aren't thinking if previous versions? If you are I could understand why you're looking at me like I've got two rotten heads. They definately had that 1.0 feel.

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By hexxthalion on 1/7/2011 7:24:27 AM , Rating: 2
are you out of your mind????

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 1:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
No. I've just actually tried them instead of making the typical assumptions about Microsoft.

By KoolAidMan1 on 1/9/2011 2:27:52 AM , Rating: 2
He is certainly deluded.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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