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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Mac App Store launches, offers iLife, iWork and more

By Hayley Tsukayama

The Mac App Store launched Thursday morning at 5:30 PST with more than 1,000 apps available for download.

Individual programs from Apple's iLife and iWork suites are available for download. The iLife apps such as iPhoto and iMovie are going for $14.99 a pop; for iWork components such as Pages or Keynote, the price is $19.99. Even combined, that's lower than the boxed prices for the suites and great for those who want to shop a la carte because, say, you like Keynote but can't stand Numbers.

As Rob wrote on Tuesday, Mac developers are watching the App Store with varying degrees of excitement.

But consumers seem pleased with the idea of a one-stop shop for apps, if the level of enthusiasm on Twitter is any indication. Tweets from people who've already downloaded the app store and the Twitter app popped up as the term "launches Mac App Store" rocketed to the trending topics list. There were few complaints and lots of comments about how quick and easy the store was, though a retweet from the fake account of @ceostevejobs also made the rounds.

"We have created for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Introducing the Mac App Store," the tweet read.

The App Store is available as an update for any Mac running Snow Leopard.

Are you going to run to the new store today? Or are you still on the fence about the idea of an app store for your computer?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 6, 2011; 10:55 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, Computers, Digital culture, Mac  
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Comments

Upgrade iPhoto for $15? Of course I'm going to the app store.

Posted by: seller11 | January 6, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Just installed the App Store this AM while on a conference call. As a Blackberry toting, non-iPad owner, I was happy to see Angry Birds in there. Running Angry Birds on a 30" monitor is a site to behold.

Posted by: ScottRSmith | January 6, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

really excited about the store....
this day will change how we use computers
just downloaded the MindNode app and its so easy
neves
www.onedayoneapp.com

Posted by: Neves0202 | January 6, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

really excited about the store....
this day will change how we use computers
just downloaded the MindNode app and its so easy
neves
www.onedayoneapp.com

Posted by: Neves0202 | January 6, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Needless to say, I am already quite a fan of the Mac App Store. I wrote down some of my first impressions, and I would super appreciate you checking them out at this link:

http://bit.ly/i8Fn0t

Posted by: dblaser | January 6, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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