[OT] Mac App Store

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Oct 21 13:36:10 EDT 2010

Developers chime in on the implications of the Mac App Store:

    Paul Kafasis, CEO of Rogue Amoeba, a developer of Mac audio
    software, expressed some reservations about the terms.
    "Thirty percent isn't particularly reasonable, but it's not
    unexpected either," he said in an e-mail. "For access to
    almost 50 million Mac users, with just a couple clicks,
    it's at least in the ballpark. That said, with direct
    downloads, most developers pay 3-10% in credit card fees
    and processing. 30% is quite a bit more, and for what

    At the moment, Rogue Amoeba is waiting to see how the Mac App
    Store is received. "It's certainly something we're looking at,
    but the restrictions and guidelines they've published are
    onerous at best," said Kafasis.

    Ambrosia Software president Andrew Welch voiced similar concerns.

    "Ambrosia is certainly interested in the idea of a centralized
    Mac application store," he said in an e-mail. "However the
    restrictions imposed by Apple on the applications may make it
    impossible for a number of our applications to be submitted."


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