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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 headbox on 1/6/2011 2:06:45 PM , Rating: 0
The iLife stuff for $15 each is cheap considering Garage Band comes with gigabytes worth of loops and samples that are better than most "pro" audio apps.

Aperture for $80 is really cheap. It was $300, and it competes directly with Adobe Lightroom which is $300.

And for you "insane premium" zealots, those "overpriced" Macs have something that PCs do not: RESALE VALUE. I sold a 2008 MacBook Pro for $1,400, when I originally paid $1,800. Tell me what you could get for your 2-3 year old PC laptop? The only PCs that have the build quality almost like a Mac (HP Envy) also cost a ton more. But try to sell that HP on eBay or craigslist...

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By sp33dklz on 1/6/2011 2:36:46 PM , Rating: 2
That's funny.

I bought a laptop in 2008, faster than your MBPro (T9300 I'm sure?), and it only cost me $599.00. I sold it this year for $250 to a relative. I'm out $350.00. Seems like you lost $50.00 more than I did and your product was more inferior to begin with.

But wait... you lost $1,200.00 more than I did on the front end.

Thank god you're not an accountant.


RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Taft12 on 1/6/2011 4:14:13 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad you're not my accountant -- he took a 22% hit and you're down 58%. What if you had bought 3 laptops?

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By headbox on 1/6/2011 4:31:36 PM , Rating: 1
Did that $599 laptop have 9600GT graphics and 5+ hours battery life? Didn't think so. You can keep your cheap plastic laptops- some of us make enough money that we don't have to count pennies when buying electronics.

I bet you built your own 180hp sportbike too right? Because top speed while saving a few bucks is all that matters right? I mean, why buy a well built sedan when you can get GSX-R 1,000 parts for half the price of new, yet be faster than 100% of sports cars on the market! Oh those idiots who buy slower cars! What a waste of money!

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 11:00:03 AM , Rating: 2
some of us make enough money that we don't have to count pennies when buying electronics.

Nice personal jab. Spoken like someone who probably has a mortgage but likes people to think they have money. Those with real wealth got that way by making wise spending decisions, not blowing money on electronic fashion accessories. He bought what met his needs I'm sure.

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By quiksilvr on 1/6/2011 3:09:15 PM , Rating: 2
iLife is already a part of Macs. I firmly believe that iWork should be a part of all Macs by default. It's the only chance they have when "competing" against Microsoft's juggernaut that is Office.

And I'm not going to go in a price debate between Macs and PCs. If you're counter-argument is "resale value" there's no point trying to convince you.

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By headbox on 1/6/2011 4:33:57 PM , Rating: 1
they're not trying to take down MS Office, just make it cheaper/easier to work with compatible files.

Why does everyone think they're entitled to free stuff?

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 11:01:38 AM , Rating: 2
Not free. Included in cost.

When you take a computer out of the box it should be able to play a movie and type a document wouldn't you agree?

By nikon133 on 1/6/2011 3:11:28 PM , Rating: 1
You are right that is insane - giving that sort of money for 2+ year old laptop with all that dust accumulated on its fans and heatsinks, one that even if it looks good from the outside might have been used and abused heaps... but then, there are other insane things defying any logic when it comes to Apple...

Regarding Envy, here in NZ HP Envy 14-1112TX Beats Edition (with i7-720QM) starts from NZ$1,838 while HP Envy 15-1114TX starts at NZ$2,600 and HP Envy 17-1110TX at NZ$2,700.

As example, for same NZ$1,800 one can get 13" MBP with Core 2 Duo and every other spec below Envy 14-1112TX... and price/performance difference only gets bigger and bigger as you progress to higher-end models. For me, Envys are much better deal, but like I said - many things defy logic when it comes to Apple products.

As comparison,

RE: Does the consumer save money?
By fsardis on 1/7/2011 4:32:15 AM , Rating: 1
GarageBand has audio loops and samples that are better than most Pro audio apps?

Only a tone-deaf, shit-chucking ape could have said that. Seriously, stay away from music production. It clearly isn't your thing. The audio quality and the samples in GarageBand are some of the worst I have heard. The instruments sound dull, there is hardly enough tools to use in the software for Pro music production and on top of it all, the moment you start using a few software instruments the whole software craps out under the load no matter how few of them you used. I would understand it if they were all third party plugins that made it crash but this is Apple's stuff that supposedly "just works".
Nice try fanboi, don't forget your kool-aid. I hear now it is also administered as an enema but obviously you know all about it.
PS: Those overpriced Macs don't have something that PCs do: Processing power. I don't give a crap about resale value. I wanna render music and videos as fast as possible and a PC wins every time at half the cost.

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