Mac App Store Now Live: Download Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard Update to Enable It

January 6, 2011, By Alex Ion

Apple have just communicated to the world that the Mac App Store is now live. They have also announced that all you need to do to enable the much hyped app store is to download the required Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard update — or you can visit www.apple.com/mac/app-store.

Similar with the iOS app store, the Mac App Store should be launched with more than 1,000 apps (free or paid) that include popular names like Pixelmator, Flight Control HD, their professional-grade paint and drawing app Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker app and Cheetah 3D.

“We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps,” said Steve Jobs in a press release.

Other goodies that will be released on launch include Apple’s popular iLife apps (iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand) that will go for $14.99, each, along with Pages, Keynote and Numbers apps from iWork that will go for $19.99, each. And if you feel generous remember there’s also Aperture, but that alone will have you poorer by $80.

Will Mac App Store, in terms of number of apps and sales, ever match the success of the iOS App Store, or Apple ventured in a new business that won’t make them the big profits they’re used with?

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