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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Apple to close downloads site Jan. 6, will migrate to app store

By Hayley Tsukayama

Apple said Monday evening that it will take down its Mac OS X Download page when the new app store launches on Jan. 6.

The downloads page has been a one-stop shop for third-party Apple software and a showcase for independent developers. The page also directed a lot of traffic to the smaller software companies' Web sites. In April, Ars Technica talked to developers about an earlier scare that the page would be shut down, and many of them expressed fears that an app store such as the one announced last week would place unnecessary limits on developers.

MacRumors has the full statement that was sent to developers Monday:

Thank you for making the Mac OS X Download site a great destination with apps that offer users new ways to work, play, learn, and create on their Mac.

We recently announced that on January 6, 2011, the Mac App Store will open to users around the world, presenting you with an exciting, new opportunity to reach millions of customers. Since the introduction of the App Store in 2008, we've been thrilled with the incredible support from developers and the enthusiastic response from users. Now we're bringing the revolutionary experience of the App Store to Mac OS X.

Because we believe the Mac App Store will be the best destination for users to discover, purchase, and download your apps, we will no longer offer apps on the Mac OS X Downloads site. Instead, beginning January 6, we will be directing users to explore the range of apps available on the Mac App Store.

Any Mac developers out there? Speak up: Are you excited or wary about Apple's changes?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 21, 2010; 10:08 AM ET
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Has there been any revelation of the process developers have to go through in order to get listed in this App store? I can't help thinking we're about to see history repeat with all the complaints about the original app store being repeated for another platform.

Posted by: dactyl | December 21, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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