OS X Mountain Lion will link DVD-installed Apple software with your Mac App Store account

“Yesterday we showed you how in OS X Mountain Lion, Software Update has shifted from its own app to the Mac App Store,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac.

“The Mountain Lion App Store will automatically detect any app that has historically been updated through Software Update and ask to register it to your Apple ID, along with a unique hardware identifier,” Brownlee reports. “What this means is that the App Store will soon be able to update select Apple apps that were purchased outside of the App Store.”

Read more in the full article here.

blockquote>MacDailyNews Take: Very nice touch, indeed.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


    1. Yeah. 🙂 took the words right out of my mouth.

      However, I’m wondering if I’ll still be able to use iDVD (since It was still there after I upgraded to Lion?)

  1. This is great for the private user at home or the self-employed… What about the huge organization that wants to control application version launching. Are the newer versions of OS X useless without an Apple account and AppStore access?

    just my $0.02

    1. Good question.

      Company I am supporting are on OS 10.6.8 on all Macs. We are planning when to roll out 10.7.3.
      President decided to upgrade her old MacBook Air. The new one was refreshed in July so I can’t back rev it to OS 10.6.8. So first Mac for them with 10.7.3.

      Was doing updates with Software Update and it said all updated. I then noticed that the App Store has a red indicator. Clicked on that and checked Updates. The iWork suite had updates. Can’t download it unless I enter Apple ID. Tried Software Update again. It says everything is up to date.


      Corporate environment. I don’t want to have to create Apple IDs for every dam Mac. I hope this is being addressed.

    2. Its a great question.

      I would imagine if the corporation is running Moutian Lion server that there will be a corporate solution and if new machines are purchased – the licensing will see the new machine added under the umbrella of the server. Perhaps some machines will not require the same apps.

      I recently lost everything on my iMAC.
      I had to reformat – and all the apps I have purchased from the APP STORE were such a BREEZE to have restored from the cloud. No search for serial numbers and inputting – so very very simple and very quick – it really is wonderful to have things this way.

      IF APPLE can do APP matching this would be a BLESSING.
      My copy of Freeway was purchased not on the App Store.
      Another is ScreenFlow – both these Apps are now on the AppStore I would rather APP to remember the serial and that my purchase is transferable to qualify with Apple.

      example – my

      1. I run a school network with 150 Macs (kind of a side job) and I’ve got some questions about Mountain Lion, too. I’d like to be able to leverage iCloud, and maybe it would take some pressure off our local storage — but it will put pressure on our Internet connection.

        Would love to be able to have a “local iCloud” that leverages the speed of a local network by day and then syncs to the actual cloud at night. Probably dreaming there, but it would be cool. Kind of the best of both worlds.

  2. ‘What this means is that the App Store will soon be able to update select Apple apps that were purchased outside of the App Store.”

    APP MATCHING similar to MUSIC MATCH but without a price and KEEPS your MAC safe and clean.

    I love it – but I have load loaded apps – no DVD installs – and hope to have them transferred also to my APPLE ID.

  3. I’d like to see a simple one click selection to choose which of the two or more credit cards I have registered with Apple gets debited on purchase of any product and across all devices. I want to purchase music on my personal card and some apps etc on my business card. Books also could be on either.

  4. Just today I installed software that needs 100MB of space on my hard drive. That doesn’t sound like much, but my first hard drive had a total capacity of 10MB. Before then, the first floppy disk had a capacity of 90K. Before then, I got a significant performance boost by installing an additional 16K in my computer. Cassette tapes are gone, floppies are gone, Iomega disks are gone, and now optical disks are on their way out, because they can’t grow their capacity fast enough to store the files we need to put on them, and we have too many alternatives.

    Show of hands: has anyone backed up iTunes to optical disks lately? Does anyone have a life expectancy long enough to swap all those disks?

    Apple isn’t the villain, it’s the harbinger.

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