“On Thursday Apple opened the Mac App Store, releasing a software update for Snow Leopard that allows Mac users to buy software using the same mechanisms they use to buy iOS apps and media via iTunes,” Jason Snell reports for Macworld.
• It’s groundbreaking. I think this will be more than just an experiment—I think it’ll be quite successful within the Apple community. Those who are familiar with the Mac way of doing things will easily accept this, and probably embrace it. – Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies
• It’s the beginning of the death of packaged software. But it also shows the strength of the Mac platform. I think we’re going to see developers embrace this. – Avi Greengart, research director for consumer devices at Current Analysis
• This is a way of pointing out that the Mac is ahead of the other platform, and how Apple is making the personal computer experience much more appliance-like. I’d be very surprised if we didn’t see someone attempt to do this on Windows, but it would be much harder to [pull that off]. – Gartner Group analyst Michael Gartenberg
• This is the atomization of the software market. The Mac App Store means that instead of buying Photoshop for $800, we’ll see a lot more consumers buying an app for cropping photos and maybe two different ones for retouching, each of which will cost about $10. The consumer saves money and the developers can be more focused on things that consumers want instead of kitchen-sink app suites. The winners are independent app developers who have never had the kind of distribution an Adobe had, but now get world-class distribution of their app. Apple also wins, because it starts collecting a 30 percent cut of all software sales. Losers are the traditional software vendors who will be too high-priced for downloadable apps. – Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe
Much more in the full article – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: As usual, Carl Howe nails it.
Sleep tight, Shantanu.