The Mac App Store is changing the way people buy software for their computers. In just 24 hours after its release, Apple has announced that there have been one million downloads with more than 1000 free and paid Mac apps available. The store was scheduled to open at 1:00 a.m Friday, SGT but Apple let the cat out three hours early.
On its press release, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, “We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting. Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”
By comparison, Macworld noted that the iOS App Store had managed 10 million downloads in its first weekend, the iTunes Store sold one million songs in its first week, and the iBookstore hit the million mark after a couple of weeks.
The Mac App Store is available as part of the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update, which means those still running Leopard, otherwise known as Mac OS X 10.5, will need to upgrade to the latest version.
While the Mac App Store is clearly a standalone application, it is actually linked to your iTunes account. Purchases on the Mac App Store can be made using the same iTunes ID and credit card used to purchase apps for Apple’s mobile devices.
iTunes Gift Cards, for those who hold accounts from countries where Apple issues them, are redeemable on the Mac App Store. If you’re looking for a FAQ, Macworld has compiled a great list.
When looking at the million download mark, it’s difficult to avoid commenting on possibly it’s most popular app, Twitter for Mac. It had been the most awaited app since Twitter hired Tweetie developer Loren Brichter in April 2010 but nothing materialized for months. The once revolutionary app, in the meantime, had become outdated.
In October, company co-founder Evan Williams had stated that they had no plans for a Mac app, leaving Brichter to tweet a hint saying it’s “not not happening”. So it was rather amusing to read on the Twitter blog yesterday that Tweetie for Mac was updated in that very month during Twitter’s hack week and it’s now available for free from the Mac App Store.
Twitter for Mac is easily the top free app in the store across many of its countries, perhaps even surpassing Angry Birds which is the top paid app, a feat that wouldn’t be surprising at all. Out of the million downloads, wouldn’t it be interesting to find out how many of those were Twitter for Mac?
While on the topic, those who own Macs with Intel GMA950 graphics will need to hold on for an update before playing Angry Birds. These are generally consumer Macs from mid 2007 and prior. Apparently Rovio Mobile forgot to test its game with older Macs, leaving those unfortunate Mac owners who have bought the game rather furious.
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