Apple has announced that downloads from the Mac App Store have already topped one million, despite the service only being available for a single day. Launched yesterday, with more than 1,000 free and paid apps on offer, the store brings Apple's easy download system from iOS devices over to the OS X platform.
"We're amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting," Apple CEO Steve Jobs is quoted as saying. "Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is."
The downloads number is notable since Apple's launch wasn't entirely smooth. Many users reported problems installing the Mac App Store, and there have been reports of piracy issues with developers not following Apple's DRM guidelines completely.
Mac App Store Downloads Top One Million in First Day
CUPERTINO, California—January 7, 2011—Apple® today announced that over one million apps have been downloaded from the Mac® App Store℠ in the first day. With more than 1,000 free and paid apps, the Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to the Mac, so you can find great new apps, buy them using your iTunes® account, download and install them in just one step.
“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”
The Mac App Store offers apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard® users through Software Update as part of Mac OS® X v10.6.6.
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. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit developer.apple.com/programs/mac.