[OT] Mac App Store
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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