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

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 26, 2011.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Amazon's New Mac Download Store Takes On Apple's Mac App Store
  2. macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Can't hurt to have more choices as a consumer :)
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2010
  4. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    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
  5. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Ok, this is nice and all, but without the tight system integration this is really just " can do software downloads."

    That's great, really, but it's not exactly the same thing.
  6. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Well, kind of. If you have your app in the Mac App Store you aren't allowed to sell it anywhere else for a better price to cover the 30% hit Apple takes.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2005
    I don't trust 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.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
  9. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    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.

    Amazon will face similar hardware and employee requirements, plus they need to make a profit, because, unlike apple, they're not making the computers the apps run on. At best, Amazon will charge the same 30%, but I suspect they'll take a greater cut than that.

    Really? I hadn't heard of that, and I feel like you must be wrong, because many of the games available on the Mac App Store (IE: Braid and Bejewled,) are also available on Steam for Mac.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2010
    And why is that? Since when has offering digital downloads been illegal?
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2009
    How would they make money then? Not everything can be a loss leader.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    Not true. They just can't sell it for cheaper.
  13. macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2002
    I can guarantee you they are making a profit from that 30%. A large profit.
  14. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Right; fixed.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2011
    North Carolina, USA.
  16. chr
    macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2011
    If this is anything like their digital downloads of computer games, it's going to be terribly implemented and full of bugs.
  17. macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2011
    Mumbai (India)
    The loot

    Apple is getting looted left & right, now Amazon.
  18. macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    competition will help lowering the prices. this Store is actually VERY good!
  19. chrono1081, May 26, 2011
    Last edited: May 26, 2011

    macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Wrong. You can sell it in either place.

    EDIT: User changed original post.
  20. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Absolutely. For one, their overhead and labour costs aren't tied in any way to the cost of the application. Whether an app costs $0.99 or $100, Apple pays the same amount to host it on their server, but the higher-priced app nets them much more profit.

    Steve always struts out numbers during keynotes like "We're proud to announce that we've paid out over $1 billion to our developers" -- which if you do the math means Apple's cut was over $400 million.
  21. macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2011
    For us in Europe, it should probably be mentioned that this service is, as expected, of course US only.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    They'd be kinda stupid not to; that's the whole point of a business.

    (Note that distributors of material good often take a far larger cut, anywhere from 45 to 60 percent. Anybody who thinks 30% is price gouging is ignorant and naive about the nuts and bolts of business).
  23. macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    Couldn't be anymore wrong.
  24. macrumors regular


    May 14, 2004
    I'm not trashing your post but why do I need system integration? I buy my software, download it, install it with my serial number. Go to its preferences, check for updates, Done.
  25. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    He already changed his post to clarify that they can't sell it anywhere else for cheaper, which sounds like it may be right... And may be illegal... sounds kind if like price fixing to me...

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