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Resourceful users have found a way get paid Mac App Store apps for free

Apple loves to brag about numbers, so it should come as no surprise that the boys from Cupertino are overjoyed by the news that the newly launched Mac App Store crossed the one million downloads mark in just 24 hours.

"We're amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is." 

The Mac App Store provides users a simplified way of searching for, purchasing, and installing OS X applications. Anyone that is familiar with the App Store for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad would feel right at home using the complimentary service for his or her MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air.

Interestingly enough, even though Apple's Mac App Store seems to be off to a good start, it still has it problems. Many users were getting an "error 100" message when trying to access the store early yesterday. The only way to clear the message for many users was to Log Out of their current session of OS X and log back in.

Even more troubling is that fact that some paid apps can be easily pirated by downloading the .dmg files from the internet and using a "purchase" receipt from a free app.

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RE: What a coincidence!
By sxr7171 on 1/8/2011 7:25:59 AM , Rating: 2
What you say is generally true, but believe it or not Apple knows that it must keep at the forefront and at the very least offer what the competition is offering. The first iPhone was a real joke, it was limited severely compared to the smartphones of its era. However today's iPhone runs everything. Where before skype and google voice was not allowed, it all runs on the iPhone today. This is all thanks to Android.

The current iPad is also severely limited but it can be because there is no competition yet. It's still better than anything else out there. When this year's new crop of tablets shows up, you better bet the iPad will add whatever it needs to keep up. These guys are experts at providing the absolute least necessary to get the device to sell and then maximizing revenue by selling new products that provide again the absolute least needed to get the device to sell. Over time this strategy maximizes revenue. This is bad for the consumer but it is the simple lack of competition that allows this to happen.

These people are quite experienced at launching products and keeping them just slightly ahead. I very much doubt they will fail.

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