Linked by fran on Tue 8th Feb 2011 18:08 UTC
Apple "A new report suggests that Apple may be planning to eliminate retail boxed software from its Apple Stores, instead focusing on promoting the Mac App Store for software sales. This is indeed a trend that Apple has been pushing for a while, but not all the software that Apple sells would necessarily be a great fit for pure digital distribution."
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RE[7]: Expected move
by rhavyn on Tue 8th Feb 2011 23:24 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Expected move"
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Its not that everything coming through an app store is bad. Though more choice is better, so why limit it to just that if there are no other motives? The problem arises when apple limits things to just an app store and starts filtering what is coming in, just like they do the ipad/iphone (ie. ipadification).

This entire conversation is built up on a strawman that you are continuing. There is no single app store on OS X. No one is prohibited from selling their applications in boxes or online. Apple has simply chosen (or is rumored to have chosen) to stop selling boxed software in their retail stores.

Even worse, in that 1 paragraph you completely contradicted yourself. The first sentence you say app stores aren't bad. The last sentence you said Apple's filtering is bad. Pro tip, every store filters what they sell. If filtering is bad then app stores are bad, you can't have it both ways unless It's Only Bad If Apple Does It.

Apple isnt thinking of the consumer and what is convienient for them. Apple is thinking about the most direct route that they can take to remove all control from the consumer without the consumer noticing. So far their plans are moving along quite nicely, because most apple fans just keep bending over and saying "can I have some more?"

Unless you are secretly a senior executive at Apple, or on their board, you don't know what Apple is or isn't thinking. So, again, you're building up an elaborate fantasy of what you think is going to happen. Alternatively, it's a fantasy and isn't going to happen.

Finally, Apple is the largest tech company in the world. They have sold 160 million iOS devices alone. They sell 10s of millions of Macs every year. "Apple fans" isn't some small ignorant club, Apple is selling mainstream products that are appealing to people in all walks of life. Anyone who disputes that is seriously lying to themselves.

Edited 2011-02-08 23:27 UTC

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