“Other than an article last week about another developer dropping out, it’s been quite a long time since we’ve discussed the Mac App Store in any depth,” David Gewirtz reports for ZDNet. “There are a few useful apps available from the Mac App Store, but if you’re going to do anything serious with you Mac, you’re going to go elsewhere for you apps.”
“Where the iOS App Store is the center of the app universe for iOS users, the Mac App Store was an afterthought and a bolt-on that never really took off,” Gewirtz reports. “We don’t have proud press releases from Apple about the success of the Mac App Store, probably because there haven’t been many.”
“In fact, last May, a developer reached #8 on the overall Mac App Store and #1 in the graphics category on the day he launched. Sounds good, until you look at the numbers: on the day he launched, he sold 94 copies of his $4.99 program. That means he made $328 on launch day with a Top Ten app that also topped a major category,” Gewirtz reports. “Mac sales just had their biggest quarter ever. So, Mac sales continue to rise, while Mac App Store sales continue to disappoint. So what’s going on? Is the Mac App Store a bona-fide failure? Has Apple forgotten it? Has Apple given up on it? Or does Apple have something exciting up its sleeve?”
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MacDailyNews Take: It is what it is. Since Mac users can get their software from other sources, it’s not that big a issue for users or, apparently, for Apple.