Final Cut Pro... available outside the App Store?

Turnpike

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I thought I remember seeing a way (years ago) to buy Final Cut Pro outside the app store- sort of how you'd download Chrome from the web but it would appear as an app on my Mac... but that wasn't available in the App store, and that it came with one or two installations. Was this ever possible? Is it still? I'm interested to buy it but not to use it with an app store, I don't want to log into my app store/iTunes account on the work computer where I'd use it. It would also be easier to pass it on to a nephew one day if it turned out that I didn't use it much down the road.

I figure someone here would know for sure, or if the option to buy it without using the app store is a little known option. I Googled it but couldn't find any mention of this specifically. I definitely only want the paid legit version, but prefer to just buy it and download it separate from the iTunes account if possible.

Thanks in advanced!
 

chrfr

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I thought I remember seeing a way (years ago) to buy Final Cut Pro outside the app store- sort of how you'd download Chrome from the web but it would appear as an app on my Mac... but that wasn't available in the App store, and that it came with one or two installations. Was this ever possible?
Final Cut Pro X is, and has only ever been, available through the App Store.
 

campyguy

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The non-MAS FCP/FCP Studio was available from non-Apple sources but that was years ago. The only option IMHO for a discount is what I did - buy discounted iTS codes from eBay or Costco. I wait for the rare 20% off sales on eBay or about 15% off sales with Costco, and use my PayPal MC or Costco VISA additional discounts to make it worth it to me. I ended up with around $45 off the FCPX MAS price that way. My 2¢.
 

stooie3000

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I could be wrong about this (and apologies if I am) but I think you can gift apps to other accounts. You can do this on iOS and I think you can do it on the Mac App Store. If the issue is just that you don’t want to log in to your own personal iTunes account on your work computer, you might be able to purchase it and gift it to a different account that you don’t mind using.
 

chrfr

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Family Sharing is also an option. You could add your nephew to your family, and then share Final Cut along with any other Family Sharing eligible apps.
 

Kevbasscat

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I purchased FCP 7 from the apple store for $1,000. It came with all the accompanying software, Color, Cinema Tools, Compressor, etc. Sad it's all 32 bit,, since they've said they told us at 10.9, well hell, I bought it at 10.8. I'm fairly certain Apple isn't burning discs any longer, so I doubt it.