Amazon Launches Mac Software Download Store

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Amazon has followed Apple’s footsteps into the future of software delivery with the launch of dedicated substore for Mac software downloads. Called simply Mac Downloads, the site is divided into two sections, one for “Software” and one for “Video Games,” and it includes more than 250 titles.

The Loop first spotted the new substore, and many on the Internet are hailing it as an effort by Amazon to “go after Apple,” referring to Apple’s Mac App Store launched earlier this year. The reality, however, is that this is more an effort to pull all of the existing software downloads Amazon already sold under one banner than it is an effort to launch a new store. Amazon didn’t even put out a press release for the launch of the substore.

The substore is differentiated in several ways from Apple’s offering, as well. For one thing, it has far fewer Mac apps so far. Apple claims the Mac App Store has “more than a thousand apps,” while Amazon is offering approximately 252. Amazon isn’t including any kind of update mechanism for their downloads, either, a task left to developers, while Apple manages downloads through the Mac App Store just like it does through the iOS App Store.

In addition, Mac Downloads is a page on Amazon’s broader store, not a standalone app. Lastly, it has some marquee software titles Apple doesn’t offer — most notably Microsoft Office for Mac on the software side and games like Civilization V and Dragon Age 2 on the gaming side.

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3 Comments

ilikeimac

Good move Amazon. I had no idea they sold downloadable Mac software till this showed up today. It would be nice if they offered an update tool or an application for the storefront that would simplify installation, but for now it’s nice to know there are options outside of Apple for developers who want more exposure (or admin access) and customers who want vetted sources of downloadable software.

So now there’s Apple’s App Store, Bodega, Steam and Amazon.

b9bot

250 titles, really Amazon I saw 23.

Bryan Chaffin

There’s 27 on the landing page, but those are featured titles. I don’t think they do that great a job of making that clear.

In any event, if you click through to the Software or Video Games links, you’ll find several pages of applications on each.

My apologies for not having explained that in our article.

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