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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 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?

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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