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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: 18 Votes
43 months ago
Can't hurt to have more choices as a consumer :)
Rating: 17 Votes
43 months ago
competition :D
Rating: 11 Votes
43 months ago

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


Oh shut up, mr lawsuit.
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

Well, kind of. If you have your app in the Mac App Store you aren't allowed to sell it anywhere else.


Not true. They just can't sell it for cheaper.
Rating: 7 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: 7 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: 7 Votes
43 months ago
Amazon has always worked well for me downloading MP3s (a few years ago) and for CD/DVD/Hardware purchases.

But really it doesn't matter if Amazon generally sucks or not. The important thing is competition. Bad competition is way, way better than no competition at all.
Rating: 7 Votes

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