Apple’s Mac App Store Opens For Business

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As promised, Apple on Thursday launched the Mac App Store, which is available to all Snow Leopard users via the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update. That update hit the company’s servers first thing in the morning. The Mac App Store promises an experience similar to the iOS App Store, with the ability to seamlessly buy and install software through an iTunes account.

CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release: “With more than 1,000 apps, the Mac App Store is off to a great start. We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps.”

The software available in the Mac App Store at launch includes not only Apple’s iLife suite and Aperture but also applications from Boinx, Autodesk, and others. Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said: “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. 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.”

 

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The front of the Mac App Store

 

 

Comments

FlipFriddle

I’ve got it running already. Looks pretty cool; if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch you’ll know what to do. It uses your iTunes account of course. I think developers of small utility apps are gonna love this thing. It’ll make it so easy to get those little apps that do the one thing you need done.
Angry Birds is there smile

Lee Dronick

I browsed around this morning, it looks promising.

Tiger

Big question: Is it like iTunes such that it is for personal purchases, or will it accept institutional buys using purchasing cards? We’re already running into those issues and dealing with Apple on a volume store for tax-exempt purchases.

Kurien

Are my older MAcs Os a waste
How do i download apps for them

ilikeimac

Are these apps installed for all users (/Applications) or the current user (~/Applications) or does it depend on whether your an admin or standard account? Do standard users have to enter an admin password to install?

Richard

Way to go apple. Close it up even more. Next thing you know they’re going to try to either move away from the open source linux based kernel further, and become more proprietary and control what apps you can have, like they do with their iphones, ipod touches, and large ipod touches.

FlipFriddle

@Tiger: I didn’t see any way to get an Education discount for instance (I work in higher ed), but it may be because I set it up using my personal AppleID which isn’t tied to work.
I have a feeling it’s gonna be a place for me at work at least to get little stuff that we have difficulty getting through our official channels at the University because previously those developers used PayPal which we aren’t allowed to use.

Lee Dronick

Are my older MAcs Os a waste

No

How do i download apps for them

The same way you did previously.

ctopher

~/Applications ? does anyone actually do that?

Lee Dronick

~/Applications ? does anyone actually do that?

I sometimes see the question “Install for all or this user” or words to that effect.

Lee Dronick

Have you seen the price for Aperture! $79.99, is that for an upgrade?

Gareth Harris

It is most interesting to see the pricing structure developing before your eyes.
For Example:
Apple:
Aperture: $199 off web site, $79.99 off App Store.
Apple Remote Desktop: Web 499/299, App Store 79.99
iWork and iLife: still full price on web, can’t see price on my machine because they report INSTALLED over the price

Omni products: full price
PIxelmator: now App Store only at $29.99, half price

I downloaded Sketchbook Express and Stone Hill Time Card for free.
After logging with Apple ID, They loaded directly to /Applications and the Dock.

Many free and $0.99 items. Hang on to your hat!

Tiger

Flip, currently I cannot use my PCard to buy apps for my university owned iPad because the App Store charges tax. There is no option. When I inquired, our Rep sent me info which I have passed on to our purchasing department. So far, they are not hopeful. It uses a voucher system and requires a dedicated administrator for the campus. We’re under massive budget cuts and layoffs, so there won’t be a dedicated admin any time soon. It took more than 2 years for us pushing to get them to create an purchasing portal for hardware that accepts our PCards in addition to allowing us to create requisitions. But Apple finally did. I’m feeling like I’ll be leading that charge again for the new App Store. As it stands now, I would have to pay for any app purchases personally.

And for Richard, did you not see that this is an alternative purchasing mode, not the only one? It’s not required. The retail channels are still open for business. You can still buy Apple Software in lots of places. This just happens to be really convenient and cuts out all that bulky packaging.


And a quick reminder to all, Mac OS X is not based on a Linux kernel. MacOS uses the Mach kernel. It’s been wrongly confused from day one, and even 8 years ago was being wholly refuted.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/A_Unix_Geek_Looks_At_Mac_OS_X_Vs._Linux_Debate/

Bryan Chaffin

Way to go apple. Close it up even more. Next thing you know they?re going to try to either move away from the open source linux based kernel further, and become more proprietary and control what apps you can have, like they do with their iphones, ipod touches, and large ipod touches.

That is a profoundly ignorant comment.

To wit:

1.) The existence of the Mac App Store doesn’t stop you from installing software on your store from other sources. Therefore it’s a new source for software, not a closing of the system.

2.) Mac OS X is based on the Mach kernel, which is itself based on a variant of BSD. It has nothing to do with Linux.


3.) Apple could try and lock Mac OS X down like it has iOS, but there is zero incentive for the company to do so.  This is the one subjective aspect of your comment, and thus my input is nothing more than a counter opinion. Take it as you will.

FlipFriddle

@Tiger again. Hmmm, we’ll have to see if Purchasing will let us tie a PCard to an Apple account. You never know… it depends on who you talk to around here sometime. It’s often quicker to just pay for it yourself and get reimbursed believe it or not.
Let us higher-ed folks know how you fair with the App Store effort in the forums; it’ll be interesting. Thanks.

ilikeimac

@ctopher Virtually no one uses ~/Applications, but the Steam game store does; when I installed Portal it put it in my ~/Applications folder, though I think it’s an alias to some other mysterious folder. The Steam app itself is in /Applications though.

BurmaYank

“Way to go apple. Close it up even more. Next thing…”

(@Richard) “That is a profoundly ignorant comment”

Thank you, Bryan. 

I think that really deserved to be said about Richard’s foolish/nasty nonsense, & your clear explanatory comments served to enhance the public’s grasp of the issues raised by his profoundly ignorant comment.

Jim Long

it stinks that us users of older Macs can’t (I assume) use the new service…. I have 3 Power Mac G5’s and 1 newer iMac in my small business and would really love to be able to download some nifty little new apps! lol

I have Leopard installed on them and I was told that snow leopard would not be useful on my older Mac’s…..

mhikl

I agree with BurmaYank, Brian.

What is obvious about Envyboys is their hate. Their hate spews forth out of resentment and jealousy. These Envyboys don?t reason or discuss. They want to debate or rant with closed minds and understanding. Notice our resident Envyboy. He, like Richard, never has a positive comment to make. I, and most commenters on this forum, will take Apple to task when appropriate but this only encourages Envyboy to pounce.

One way to deal with any idiot who enters the playground is to ignore him, walk away, don?t respond?to do otherwise only advances encouragement. However, it is hard to hold one?s tongue, at times, and one must respond. But when doing so we should remember: never agree with anything one of these vicious vandals says, for out will come his twisted kris of false logic and ground is gained, in his mind.

When the logic is so bogus and twisted it begs sparring, I don?t hold my tongue anymore; just the kind of duck hunting I enjoy.

WetcoastBob

Not because I have a lot of time on my hands, but because this is my first encounter with with the App Store, I read a bit of the ULA and to my surprise learned that I cannot use the App Store outside my country!!! (Canada)  So this means that if I am touring USA am I SOL!!??

iJack

Have you seen the price for Aperture! $79.99, is that for an upgrade?

Nope.  The full app.  It’s a grand-theft price, ain’t it?

ilikeimac

Anyone here heard of a “troll” or “trolling” (in the context of an internet forum)? I would have thought so, but maybe not. From UrbanDictionary.com:

One who purposely and deliberately (that purpose usually being self-amusement) starts an argument in a manner which attacks others on a forum without in any way listening to the arguments proposed by his or her peers.

Responding to them (or what mhiki calls “duck hunting”) is referred to as “feeding the trolls” and is generally discouraged.

Lee Dronick

Sir Harry Flashman said:Have you seen the price for Aperture! $79.99, is that for an upgrade?
Nope.? The full app.? It?s a grand-theft price, ain?t it?


Ya know how it seems that every time you buy a new Mac that shortly afterwards there will be new model and/or a price reduction? Well I got Aperture for Christmas smile

I just checked the Online Apple Store and Aperture is still listed at $199. Also the upgrade is $99, so yeah the App Store is offering it at an excellent price.

Has anyone here bought Aperture through the new App Store? If so what is the license, on how many Macs can you install the software?

The license I have lets me install a copy on my iMac and on my MacBook Pro as long as only one copy is running at a time.

Lee Dronick

I just did some research on the license for Aperture, and other software purchased from the App Store. Note, I got to that page by reading the Aperture license info at the App Store.

If I am reading it correctly this $79 Aperture is in effect a “Family Pack” and can be installed on up to 5 Macs that you control. However, it is not to be used for commercial purposes.

WetcoastBob

@ Sir Harry:“The license I have lets me install a copy on my iMac and on my MacBook Pro as long as only one copy is running at a time.”

Did you just download the 79$ version.  I ask because a year ago I bought the $99 upgrade and I wanted a family pack so I could run it on my MBP and iMac at the same time.  I could not find the Family pack version So I did the $99 upgrade.  As it is it runs on both at the same time anyway.

I bought a famly pack version of iLife ‘11 and managed to loose the packaging and thus the product number.  I have since loaded it on 4 machines without registering and still get updates for it and the Store knows I have it installed.

If I remember correctly there was no product number with the family pack Snow leopard.

I wonder if Apple is relaxing its position on sharing?

Lee Dronick

@ Sir Harry:?The license I have lets me install a copy on my iMac and on my MacBook Pro as long as only one copy is running at a time.?

Did you just download the 79$ version.? I ask because a year ago I bought the $99 upgrade and I wanted a family pack so I could run it on my MBP and iMac at the same time.? I could not find the Family pack version So I did the $99 upgrade.? As it is it runs on both at the same time anyway.

No, I bought a boxed version from Amazon and if I remember correctly it was $150. I had not yet tried running both installs at the same time, but as an experiment I just tried it and there was no problem.

I wonder if Apple is relaxing its position on sharing?

I think that they trust us quite a bit.

This Aperture deal from the App Store is an excellent price for an excellent product. When I purchased it from Amazon I also bought the Apple Training Pro Training for Aperture book, a PeachPit product. I highly recommend that book for anyone getting into Aperture.

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