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January 6, 2011

Apple opens an app store -- for the Mac

The App Store for the iPhone/iOS platform has been a huge success for Apple and a trend-setter in the world of mobile devices. Now the company is trying to replicate that model for its desktop and laptop computer business.

Today, Apple announced that it had opened the Mac App Store for business, with more than 1,000 free and paid apps. You can launch the store on your computer with a software download at

The Mac App Store follows the iPhone App Store revenue model, meaning that app developers keep 70 percent of sales revenues, while Apple gets the rest.

This will be an interesting experiment for Apple and developers, who sell their software through other channels online and keep more of the revenues/profits for themselves. Yet, consumers who are seeking a streamlined, authenticated experience through an official Apple storefront may find the Mac App Store attractive.

But will the developers bite on it?

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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 10:21 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: *NEWS*, Apps


I'm wondering if its my connection at work, or if the server is just being overwhelmed. I haven't been able to get into the MacApp Store at all today.

really excited about the store....
this day will change how we use computers

Why isn't any news media covering COMCAST raising rates at least $20 for all bills, just when it's about to become a monopoly?

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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