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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I don't understand why your post has been downvoted.

Application of quality controls - e.g. verification of consistency in the user interface, testing for easter eggs/back doors into the OS, testing for general compatibility with the other applications, ensuring no tainting by malware in the distribution, etc.

I remember seeing a news item about how the UI for the app store program was not consistent with the rest of OS X. I even remember Thom denouncing Gruber's changing opinions to adopt whatever Apple did.

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