Mac developer Sherief Farouk has a Mac app called Listening To that shows what song is playing using Mountain Lion’s notification system. It’s a cool and useful app, but Apple doesn’t seem to agree.
Mac App Store
At least in this part of the world, buying from the Mac App Store isn’t a preference. It’s the only way. There are very few apps on my Mac that haven’t been bought from the App Store, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.
I never really considered this before. Without credit cards, it’s not really possible to purchase apps from the developer, so people use Gift Cards to stock up their iTunes account.
Matt Gemmell takes a very detailed look at releasing an app independently versus using Apple’s Mac App Store and the decisions developers must face.
But now, I’ve lost all confidence that the apps I buy in the App Store today will still be there next month or next year. The advantages of buying from the App Store are mostly gone now. My confidence in the App Store, as a customer, has evaporated.
Marco brings up many good points in his article. I’ll admit, I’m not at the same point of frustration that he is, but I can see where he’s going with the argument. I’ve talk to a number of developers that removed their apps from the Mac App Store and none of them wanted to do it, but they felt it was their only choice.
The vast majority of people will go where the apps are and where it’s most convenient for them. Currently, that’s the Mac App Store. However, if Apple forces developers to leave that could change quickly.
By a huge margin, the number one request by these developers was for Apple to allow them to respond directly to reviews on the App Store.
Shawn King and Macworld’s Lex Friedman talk about Mac App Store sandboxing.
Earlier today Apple released download figures for the Mac App Store. The numbers were impressive to say the least, but they are even more impressive than we thought.
Apple today announced that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App Store in less than one year. With thousands of free and paid apps, the Mac App Store brings the App Store experience to the Mac so you can find great new apps, buy them using your iTunes account, and download and install them in just one step. Apple revolutionized the app industry with the App Store, which now has more than 500,000 apps and where customers have downloaded more than 18 billion apps and continue to download more than 1 billion apps per month.
Arnold Kim at Mac Rumors:
Developers of these sandboxed applications must take special measures to break up their application into individual processes that only are able to do exactly what they need. Apple still allows user initiated actions to perform as expected and override the sandbox, but app-initiated actions in sandboxed applications will be restricted. This means that system wide file access and inter-app scripting and interactions will not be allowed.
Arnold has a great piece about Apple’s plans to sandbox apps. While it was supposed to happen this month, Apple put it off until 2012. It’s definitely worth a read.
ProVUE Development has released Appalicious, a new shopping assistant for the Mac App Store. The Mac App Store is a great new service from Apple that exposes users to lots of Mac application software, but it can be a bit … Continued
During its third quarter earnings conference call with analysts and press on Tuesday, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer confirmed that Mac OS X Lion would be released to the Mac App Store tomorrow. Lion will only be available as a digital … Continued
It’s hard to keep secrets these days. The design of Microsoft’s new Windows App Store is the latest project to be leaked on the Web.
TechCrunch posted supposed screenshots of the company’s Windows App Store that leaked onto the Web. The screenshots are not verified, but if they are real, it certainly shows some more copying of Apple.
It may also explain why Microsoft is fighting Apple so hard to make sure the term “App Store” remains generic.
As if on cue with our previous article, PCWorld.com, (by way of Macworld.com), discusses a report that shows strong sales of Mac apps sold through the new Mac App Store. “Despite the small number of available titles, the average Mac … Continued
Microsoft on Thursday said it hasn’t ruled out bringing Office to Apple’s newly released Mac App Store.
It is so nice seeing good things happen to good people. In this case, brothers Saulius and Aidas Dailide found success on the Mac App Store.
Many developers jumped into the Mac App Store with both feet and are loving it. However, it hasn’t been an easy ride for all developers. Sophia Teutschler of Sophiestication Software makes several apps, including the popular CoverSutra. I must say … Continued
You may have thought that free apps or even those that are under $5 would be the most popular category among developers, but not in the Mac App Store.
Apple released the Mac App Store on Thursday as part of Mac OS X 10.6.6. If you’ve been getting “error 100,” here’s how to fix it.
Apple on Thursday released Mac OS X 10.6.6, which includes the Mac App Store.
The Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, but there’s been a slew of announcements from the show already. Could it be that many vendors at CES are afraid Apple will steal all of the press tomorrow when it … Continued
The Mac App Store will officially launch on January 6, but nobody has been able to nail down a time when the service will be publicly available.
Bodega, an application that allows developers to sell their products through its storefront, launched in 2009 and sees great things in the future, even with the launch of the Mac App Store coming this week.
When Apple launches the Mac App Store on January 6, Mac software developer MacPaw plans to release a brand new app called Ensoul.
Apple today ended weeks of speculation announcing its Mac App Store would officially launch on January 6, 2011.
Despite published reports to the contrary, Apple’s Mac App Store will launch in January 2011.
Apple on Wednesday told developers that they could start submitting their applications for inclusion in the Mac App Store.