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Apple Kills The Mac OS X Download Page In Favor Of The Mac App Store

Apple Kills The Mac OS X Download Page In Favor Of The Mac App Store

I suppose it was only a matter of time on this one – those of you that have been using Macs for a while might remember Apple’s OS X Downloads page. It stood for years as a resource to new users for finding the best Mac apps. Now, as of tonight, it is no more.

If you wander on over to http://www.apple.com/downloads/, you’ll notice that in place of the Mac apps that were there before, you instead see a pretty, shiny banner telling you about the Mac App Store. The page still serves as a resource for downloading Dashboard widgets and Safari extensions.

Frankly, I am surprised it took so long for Apple to K-O the OS X downloads page – although I must confess that page was a godsend to me when I was new to the Mac many years ago, the Mac App Store now serves the same purpose, and does a better job of it.

What are your thoughts? Sad to see it go? Happy to see Apple get rid of it? Sound off in the comments!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, the thing is…the Downloads page had a lot more apps per category than the App Store, didn’t it? I think it was better for freeware discovery. So I’m kind of sad to see it go, but not surprised.

    However, I never once considered buying an application on the Downloads page. It’s considerably easier to pay with an iTunes account— plus, with iTunes, you don’t need a credit card.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know WHEN Lion will be available?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Well it can be anytime, no one know except Steve… 😉

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