Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
[Advantages to App store for Macs}
To have multi-license applications, infinitely downloadable on all of your computers. Also, a concise place for third-party updates. Finally.
- Ability to buy online with an iTunes gift card (doesn't require credit card)
- Ability for newbies who are uncomfortable finding and buying apps online
- Greater visibility for smaller app vendors (and greater accessibility for users)
- Quick notification of upgrades
- Validation by Apple to reduce risk of malware or other bad behavior
- Requirement to follow Apple programming guidelines (if it works the same way as the iOS App Store) means that apps will, in general, be more stable and reliable
And a lot more.
I don't see it every becoming required and I suspect that many apps will be available both by purchasing them at retail or in the App Store (such as iWork as one example).
I'm also sure that SOME people will never use it - preferring to get their apps via more traditional ways.
But the fundamental principle is sound and will be a useful option for a lot of people. I've been using Macs for 25 years and know them inside and out, but I'll still probably use it for utilities and smaller apps.
But back to the topic at hand, Apple's position is reasonable. Why should Apple pay all the promotional and infrastructure costs only to have the customer install a free app and then link to the developer's web site to purchase it? Apple has no obligation to promote anyone's apps for free.
I think a far more likely scenario (and one which Apple might go for) is something like the Adobe Photoshop / Photoshop Elements apps. Apple might sell a consumer version of an app which meets the needs of a large fraction of consumers even if the developer sells a full 'Pro' version online or at retail.