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Amazon's New Mac Download Store Takes On Apple's Mac App Store


As noted by The Loop, Amazon has launched a new download store for Mac OS X applications, going head-to-head against Apple's Mac App Store. While Amazon's download store does not offer the level of system integration featured by Apple's store, it does offer a few big name titles like Microsoft Office that are not available through Apple's Mac App Store.
Competing directing with Apple's Mac Store, Amazon says its store has 250 of the biggest software and game titles available for Mac. In fact, they have some titles that Apple's store doesn't.
A number of popular video game publishers including EA, Aspyr, and Feral Interactive are also included on Amazon's store.

Amazon's download mechanism appears to offer a basic downloadable installer for each title, forgoing any integrated installation system. Purchases are also stored in users' digital lockers associated with their Amazon accounts, allowing unlimited downloads for personal use.

To celebrate the launch of the Mac download store, Amazon is offering a one-time use coupon good for $5 off of a purchase from the store through June 1st.

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43 months ago

Lawsuit in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .


And why is that? Since when has offering digital downloads been illegal?
Rating: 19 Votes
43 months ago
Can't hurt to have more choices as a consumer :)
Rating: 19 Votes
43 months ago
competition :D
Rating: 14 Votes
43 months ago

Lawsuit in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .


Oh shut up, mr lawsuit.
Rating: 12 Votes
43 months ago

Who realistically complains about Apple's 30%? They aren't making a profit from that 30%, that's what it cost them to buy the hardware and pay the employees to keep the app store running.


I can guarantee you they are making a profit from that 30%. A large profit.
Rating: 12 Votes
43 months ago
I don't trust amazon.com at all. They deleted one of my accounts, long time customer 10+ years, over 120 orders on the account and they deleted it because I had 4 returns over the past 12 months. They only restored it after much complaining, and the fact that I had gift certificate balance that is illegal to just "wipe" out. With that wipe-out all the past orders, receipts, everything would be gone.

I wouldn't trust them with my serials or receipt of software.
Rating: 11 Votes
43 months ago
This can only be good for software developers, and as a consequence for Apple's hardware sales. The more software available, the better. And since so so many people complained about the 30% "Apple tax", I bet Amazon will give 100% of the purchase price to the developer. :D
Rating: 10 Votes
43 months ago
competition will help lowering the prices. this Store is actually VERY good!
Rating: 9 Votes
43 months ago
For us in Europe, it should probably be mentioned that this service is, as expected, of course US only.
Rating: 8 Votes
43 months ago

Who realistically complains about Apple's 30%? They aren't making a profit from that 30%, that's what it cost them to buy the hardware and pay the employees to keep the app store running.


Couldn't be anymore wrong.
Rating: 8 Votes

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