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Apple's official Mac App Store for OS X reportedly crossed the five-figure mark this week, as the digital storefront now has more than 10,000 applications available.

The achievement was noted on Friday by French Apple site MacGeneration, which uses its own tracking system to analyze App Store content. According to their data, the milestone was reached, although Apple has not publicly announced it.

The Mac App Store launched in early 2011 with more than 1,000 applications, including Apple's iWork suite of software. Its most high profile release to date was OS X 10.7 Lion, which launched last summer exclusively on the Mac App Store.

To date, Lion remains the most popular and highest grossing paid application available on the Mac App Store. Its successor, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, will also hit the Mac App Store this summer.

The lack of availability on Lion on a traditional disc marked a shift for Apple, which conducted a mass discontinuation of boxed retail software last July. Products no longer available in a boxed form include iWork, Aperture, and iLife.

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Earlier this month, Apple also stopped offering free trials of the iWork suite and Aperture from its website. Users looking to download the trials are now directed to view the paid software on the Mac App Store.

The Mac App Store has been seen as a crucial part of Apple's strategy going forward with Mac hardware, as the company looks to remove spinning disc drives from its next generation of MacBook Pros. The new MacBook Pros, which are expected to arrive within a matter of weeks, will borrow many design elements from Apple's ultraportable MacBook Air lineup.
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Only 10,000? That's kind of embarrassing really...  even windows phone has about 9x that! Just shows where their priorities lie!

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I keep wondering what it would take for the Mac App Store to really take off.

I think that integration with the iOS counterpart would go a long way.

 

For example,

pull all app management out of iTunes and stick it in the Mac App Store,

and just call it "App Store" like they do on my phone.

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ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz............................

 

Wake me up when it reaches a zillion.........

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Only 10,000? That's kind of embarrassing really...  even windows phone has about 9x that! Just shows where their priorities lie!

 

I don't get it, why would this cause embarrassment?

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Because it shows quite a low rate of developer interest for the platform.

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@techmuncher: LOL you got a brand new account for trolling it seems...good luck!  lol.gif

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Because it shows quite a low rate of developer interest for the platform.

 

That's garbage. The Mac app store added over 10,000 applications within a year which resulted in a 100 million downloads by december 2011. 

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It seems anybody who doesn't post a positive response to an article in here is branded a troll! Discussion needs critical comments too... oh well.

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That's garbage. The Mac app store added over 10,000 applications within a year which resulted in a 100 million downloads by december 2011. 

 

That's what I mean... in comparison to other platforms 10,000 is a low number!

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That's what I mean... in comparison to other platforms 10,000 is a low number!

 

Name a larger, faster growing PC software store.

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Name a larger, faster growing PC software store.

 

The Windows 8 Store.

 

They have upwards of applications. 

 

… Plural.

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Originally Posted by techmuncher View Post

 

 

That's what I mean... in comparison to other platforms 10,000 is a low number!

 

Name a larger, faster growing PC software store.

 

There ain't none!  Apple is always the biggest.

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At the moment I don't know of any other "PC" software stores...

 

I know of a few other platform application store's including iOS, Android and Windows Phone and in comparison to the rate of application submissions to these this is quite low... especially for a mature platform like OS X.

 

In reference to "PC" application stores the only other one I can think of is the Windows Store... Microsoft expects to have something like 100,000 applications available in the Windows Store at launch and it's not even released yet.


Edited by techmuncher - 4/27/12 at 9:06am
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Wolfram Alpha just released desktop app today but on Windows. Why didn't they release it on MAS? I really love to use app than go to their website.


Edited by matrix07 - 4/27/12 at 9:14am
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LOL

 

Off to watch a Ryan Leaf highlight reel... later guys.

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In reference to "PC" application stores the only other one I can think of is the Windows Store... Microsoft expects to have something like 100,000 applications available in the Windows Store at launch and it's not even released yet.

 

You pulled the number out of your a..?

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Only 10,000? That's kind of embarrassing really...  even windows phone has about 9x that! Just shows where their priorities lie!

 

WHat are you talking about? Obviously the dynamics for the Mac App Store is utterly and completely different than that for iOS devices, and if you can't aknowledge that than you're utterly blind. Here's another fun fact- Apple is not the one developing these applications, if you haven't heard. It's developers, and no, I don't think anyone expects this # to be anywhere close to the iOS appstore, for several very large reasons, including sales of iOS devices, average price of iOS apps, the fact that the iOS appstore is the ONLY way to legitimately get apps on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, the rate of which people download software on these devices, the kinds of apps that can be produced, etc. I've discovered more MAc apps since the launch of the Mac App store than I ever have on a Mac, and for that reason I think it's a great success, and the MAc playform is definitely better WITH it, than without it. I wish every application could be found there, but that's not the case, and its understandable. It's only a failure if you had irrational expectations, or if you're a troll, which is obvious by the way you comment. There's a difference between criticism and trolling, and it's obvious what you're doing. especially with that idiotic statement about priorities. 

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At the moment I don't know of any other "PC" software stores...

 

I know of a few other platform application store's including iOS, Android and Windows Phone and in comparison to the rate of application submissions to these this is quite low... especially for a mature platform like OS X.

 

In reference to "PC" application stores the only other one I can think of is the Windows Store... Microsoft expects to have something like 100,000 applications available in the Windows Store at launch and it's not even released yet.

You speak as if OSX is the dominant platform. 10 000 is not necessarily a terrible number. In terms of the IOS v Android or Win Phone app store the numbers are nothing but cheap bragging rights. At a certain point it becomes academic and the only thing that counts is the diversity of quality apps. I am not saying Apple beats Windows in this respect but Windows is entrenched in the corporate world and as such there are many applications that have never had much relevance on Mac. 

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Originally Posted by techmuncher View Post



At the moment I don't know of any other "PC" software stores...

 

I know of a few other platform application store's including iOS, Android and Windows Phone and in comparison to the rate of application submissions to these this is quite low... especially for a mature platform like OS X.

 

In reference to "PC" application stores the only other one I can think of is the Windows Store... Microsoft expects to have something like 100,000 applications available in the Windows Store at launch and it's not even released yet.

 

 

 

 

The Windows 8 Store will only be for Metro apps, and currently has about 100 apps total.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmoorhead/2012/04/13/windows-8-store-with-99-metro-apps-is-it-behind-schedule/

 

Now I am sure this number will grow, but I doubt there will be 100,000 at launch... Metro is a pretty big switch for legacy Windows developers, it uses a new runtime for apps that is similar to SilverLight or .Net... many apps written in C++ will need extensive rework to operate in Metro.

 

 

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Well, some companies have to wait until they reduce the inventory of boxed apps before they switch or they are working on the version that gets put up on the app store.  Either way, if Apple is getting momentum, that's the main focus.

 

Right now, app developers are spending more time on apps for the iPhone and iPad because that's where the market is going right now.  That's why there is 600,000+ apps on for those platforms.

 

 

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And not actual Windows apps either, just Metro. Lol.

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The thing is, the bar is much higher for an OSX app. You expect it to do more things that, say, replicate a few features of a website -- which is what a lot of apps do -- or make sound effects or show you your horoscope or any of the other one-off things that many apps do. 

 

Desktop apps are generally expected to be more complex. 

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I keep wondering what it would take for the Mac App Store to really take off.

I think that integration with the iOS counterpart would go a long way.

 

For example,

pull all app management out of iTunes and stick it in the Mac App Store,

and just call it "App Store" like they do on my phone.

 

I think there are three things that could help it take off:

1) Allow boxed software. For example: Pages, Numbers, Keynote in one iWork package; or the Microsoft Office suite.

2) Allow demos! Either X days or Y hours of using the app.

3) Introduce mass-software purchasing for schools and businesses.  

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While I like the idea of the Mac App Store (just go to one app to track updates, etc), more often than not I find myself buying directly from the developers' sites instead. The reason is that in perusing software descriptions I have run across at least a couple instances where the version on the App Store lacks functionality provided in the 'direct' version. Apparently the direct versions didn't past muster for inclusion on the App Store so the developers had to omit functionality to get them posted there.

Then there is the matter mentioned previously of demo versions. I strongly prefer to try before I buy, and this isn't possible on the App Store.

I would really like to use the App Store if these issues are addressed.
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I really, really hate having to sign in to download a free app. So, I'll stick with Macupdate. If an app is only available on the App Store I simply won't buy it. End of story.
 

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I really, really hate having to sign in to download a free app.

 

You obviously don't understand why that happens.

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Microsoft expects to have something like 100,000 applications available in the Windows Store at launch and it's not even released yet.

 

And?

Microsoft has "expected" a lot of other things to happen.

 

- "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -  Steve Balmer

- Bob

- Windows ME

- Zune

- Kin

post #29 of 33

iWork is still sold in a box from Apple, for individuals and as a Family Pack, though it is cheaper (for individuals, by $20) via the App Store.

 

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB942Z/A/iWork-09?fnode=MTY1NDAzOA

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB943Z/A?fnode=MTY1NDAzOA

 

I agree, the lack of family packs and trials make the app store less appealing, but the prices seem to be getting better over time, and it also appears you get the right to use the apps on all of your Macs, negating the need for a Family Pack. And many developer offer trials on their sites still.

 

90%+ of the iOS apps are junk, IMHO, but if they drop a $50-$100 in your bank every month, there is no incentive to let the die.

post #30 of 33
I'd rather have better quality apps to choose from than 600,000 apps which someone said 90% is junk which is probably true. Then again comparing the two is totally different between the Mac store and iOS.

Mac App Store needs a wish list like on iTunes.
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Because it shows quite a low rate of developer interest for the platform.

 

Well you would need to be pretty desperate as a developer to put your application on this platform, look at the commission Apple demands and worse all applications must allow multiple installs. So if Adobe released Photoshop to the App Store for example it would represent the loss of hundereds of millions of dollars in revenue every year! Consequently small developers looking =for a way to market their product are happy to let Apple take their cut but established brands never will.

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post #32 of 33

Retail consumers need a movable camera, gps, accelerator, and touch.  Why would anyone want to be restricted to a stationary location anymore?  If they did, they would just get the cable to hook up to the big screen, but they still aren't using a mac app, they have no use for a keyboard.  Keyboards are for programmers, people who need to interact with large objects visually (eg. engineering, design, working on documents).  There needs to be some compelling reason why you would make a mac specific app.  If you're trying to reach a smaller audience, charge more money, have longer development cycles, you're competing with business apps which is a bigger gamble as they're all still PCed.

post #33 of 33

kinda disappointing.. only 10,000? i expect more than.. oh well, by the end of the year, the number will the doubled

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