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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 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.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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