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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 KoolAidMan1 on 1/6/2011 11:50:41 AM , Rating: 3
I read a doom-and-gloom article yesterday about how this will drive prices through the floor for traditional Apple proprietary software. It wasn't very convincing, but can any Apple users tell me if the pricing for these applications is now less than it was the pre-Mac App Store era?

Just check the listings on Amazon. The MSRP for Aperture is $200, Amazon sells it for $160, and it is $80 on the App Sore. So yeah, online pricing is much less than retail. I wish new game releases on Steam were this marked down. :)

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/6/2011 11:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
I just checked the price of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. The retail version for Windows Vista/7 and OS X (it comes in the same box) is $80. On the App Store it is only $30. Gotta say, I'm surprised by how low these prices are. I absolutely love Steam but I got accustomed to their "normal" prices being the same as retail.

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By headbox on 1/6/2011 2:09:09 PM , Rating: 2
I got the Sketchbook Pro for iPad version for just $10, and it has all of the features of the desktop.

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