Apple’s Mac App Store Opens Today

  • Available in 90 countries
  • Allows ratings and reviews of Apps
  • Available as a free download

Apple’s Mac App Store is open for business today, which will be available in 90 countries and features paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics and Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities.

“The App Store revolutionised mobile apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun.”

The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favourites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Purchased apps can run on all Macs, and updates are delivered through the Mac App Store so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date, claims Apple. The Mac App Store is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard users as a free download through Software Update.

Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees.