When reading my daily mix of RSS feeds I came across interesting article on Cult of Mac. It’s about what Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde thinks of Mac App Store. In his e-mail to Forbes he claims that Apple is forcing users to get programs in App Store and that Apple is becoming more like Microsoft.
I just couldn’t disagree more. Everything what he says is simply not true and he does not have any facts to back it up. Instead of wanting to control people as Sunde says, Apple wants to make it more convenient and easier for people to get new software. App Store was never meant to be the only way to load 3rd party apps, you still can install from DVD, download or any other source. In post-iPhone days solution like App Store was biggest thing missing on Mac. And Apple finally delivered it.
Besides obvious benefits for developers, customers will in the end benefit the most from the App Store, both directly and indirectly. First of all they’ll have easy to use, integrated place to get new software for their Macs. And indirectly because App Store will without a doubt act like a catalyst for innovation. Developers will take Mac development more seriously which will result in new and better apps. And competitors will launch their own stores. Cydia already stated that they will make store for Mac that will sell all the apps that won’t be allowed in Apple’s store. And Bodega, existing app store will see improvements thanks to competition. App Store will make Mac software market booming. And this sure is a good thing!