Mac App Store zooms to a million downloads

Posted by Raven Lovecraft

There have now been more than a million "apps" downloaded from Apple's new online platform that makes finding a program for your computer as easy as finding an app for your phone. That didn't take long.

The new streamlined service, which groups both Apple and third-party programs in a very easy-to-use interface, has recorded over one million downloads since it launched. That was yesterday.

The new digital download storefront is available in more than 90 countries, and launched with around 1,000 apps. Apple gets a cut of every app sold on the store, but is it more or less than the cut taken by retailers and other third-party online marketplaces?

There's a much bigger world out there for the distribution of computer software, so the fate of the Mac App Store is not a guaranteed positive. Nevertheless, users will no doubt find convenience in having an outlet for downloadable content they know has been vetted and approved by Apple.

"With more than 1,000 apps, the Mac App Store is off to a great start. With more than 1,000 apps, the Mac App Store is off to a great start," said Steve Jobs in a press release about the new storefront's release.

The launch of the new storefront also kills the current Apple.com store that allowed downloads of Mac software. Any publisher or developer that had programs available for sale there has to re-apply to have them available on the newly launched platform.