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[6]: Expected move
by nt_jerkface on Wed 9th Feb 2011 02:24 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Expected move"
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Not 10, but close.

When it comes desktop systems consumers basically choose between two and some of the mobile platforms you listed allow external software.

How is an application store a bad precedent?

It sets a bad precedent if the goal is to keep a balance between the OS company, developers and users.

Would you care to point out any store (not just app store, literally any store online or one that you can walk into in person) that doesn't filter it's product selection and take a cut of the sale.

You're missing the point which is that locking you into an app store prevents you from buying software direct from developers where there is no filer or cut for the OS company.

So you think Apple is about to have 100% marketshare of all computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.?

No but as I said they provide a rationalization for MS and between the two they have over 96% of the market.

Users have been paying for temporary access to their software for decades.

Which users? I have Office 2010 5 ft away from me. Are you saying I only have temporary access to it? I found a copy of Office 97 last year that will install just fine. Apple wants to eliminate the whole idea of a licensed copy and only provide temporary access.

And, last I checked, there are even (unsupported and for jail broken phones only) alternative app stores for iOS devices.

That doesn't foster a healthy external market, it only encourages piracy.

Additionally, I don't understand the focus on Apple. Literally every operating system is going to have an application store by default.

Because they forge the path. MS at least has to be careful over anti-trust issues but Apple is lining up the perfect rationalization for them.

How about the new Amazon Android app store?

What about it? Is Amazon selling phones that locks you into it?

But way to cheer on Apple as they cut into small ISVs profit and add to their already existing giant pile of cash. Hooray!

If Jobs was in charge of computing there would be no, no video games and all mice would have one button. You would probably have to pay by the hour to access applications and yet people like you would defend it all in the name of convenience. People like you would still wear Apple logo t-shirts and have Apple logo stickers which all say the same thing: I'm a corporate tool.

Edited 2011-02-09 02:26 UTC

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