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Ever since the App Store opened its doors, Apple fans have been calling out for something similar for the desktop. However, if a recent email from Steve Jobs himself is anything to go by, OS X users won’t be seeing anything of the sort anytime soon.

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The desire to have a dedicated app store for the sale of Mac OS X software has been around for some time now. In fact, ever since the iPhone’s application store opened its doors back in 2008, Apple fans have been calling out for something similar for the desktop. However, if a recent email from Steve Jobs himself is anything to go by, OS X users won’t be seeing anything of the sort anytime soon.

According to MacStories Fernando Valente, a Mac software developer, emailed the Apple CEO questioning him on whether or not such a service would become a reality. After the email was sent, Valente, like many others, was not expecting a response. But much to his surprise only a few hours after sending it, he received one. The email from Steve Jobs was brief and to the point, simply stating that “nope,” no such service is on the way.

Fernando’s email was sent following last week’s widespread rumor that such a service was on the way. The rumor hinted that the speculated Mac App store would follow the same principles as the current iTunes store, with a strict approval process also in place.

However, Steve’s typically candid response has finally set the record straight, no doubt to the dismay of some, but to the delight of others. There will be no Mac App Store. At least not in the foreseeable future.

Would you like to see a Mac specific app store selling approved OS X software? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. I actually wouldn’t mind a Mac app store ALONG with being able to download off the web. I’d love to pay for OS X software with my iTunes account and help the developers at the same time.

    That is something I’m really looking for.

    1. I would like a Mac app store, if it wasn’t controlled by Apple. It’d be really convenient to find all apps in one place. However, some of my favorite apps are used to mod the operating system. I feel like Apple would try to keep those off the market.

    2. Hi there. This is Mr. Future coming to you from October 20th where SJ just announced the Mac App Store.

  2. Geoffrey Foster Tuesday, April 27, 2010

    Okay looking at the actual question asked in the email: “There’s a rumor saying there will be a Mac App Store and no software without authorization from Apple will run on Mac OS X. Is this true?”

    The response of “Nope” seems (at least to me) to answer the question of software on Mac OS X requiring authorization from Apple to run, not that there won’t be a Mac App Store

  3. The question asks if the Mac App Store will prevent users from installing software without authorization. Steve answered “Nope.” He made no comment about the App Store itself. Not confirmed either way.

  4. Astute point. “Nope” may be a denial of the “only run signed apps” approach. It does not necessarily mean that an Apple ran store is not a feasible idea. The iTunes store has millions of credit card backed accounts. Apple already has the facility set up to provide updates, special promotions and more. The only thing they’d need to do is perhaps allow for demos software to be download or at least defer that to the developers site.

    I see few limitation in having a “relatively” open Mac application store. Really it’s just the next logical extension to the now moribund Apple Downloads section on apple.com

  5. I wouldn’t mind one as long as it in no way tries to keep anyone from downloading applications in the traditional way, from each maker’s site. As long as they aren’t trying to block that process, I think an OS X app store might be nice for those users who aren’t that web-savvy, like my grandmother. Personally, I don’t need it, but I can see how it would be a good move in general. I’d only worry a little that the temptation would be strong to start restricting downloads of software from other sources…

  6. This Apple developer has NOT been calling out for something similar for the desktop. Are you crazy? Why would we give up complete freedom on a great platform for arbitrary, mysterious acceptance rules? iPad and iPhone development is hostile enough, thanks.

    There is no consensus (among developers, anyway) for a Mac OS X app store.

    “I actually wouldn’t mind a Mac app store ALONG with being able to download off the web. I’d love to pay for OS X software with my iTunes account and help the developers at the same time.”

    Caution. SLIPPERY. SLOPE.

  7. Horrendous reporting. Post the full email. It’s definitely not as clear on this point as you lead your readers to believe.

  8. Trevor Newsome Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    This is a big shame, this would in my opinion be a bit money earner for Apple. There are millions of good hobby programmers that have a lot of good ideas and skills that would contribute and get some reward for their efforts.

  9. The need of the mac app store is only to boost the market of the mac apps…. so it would be nice a third party store… maybe 2 or three stores for better competiotion

  10. I would LOVE a simple, single place to find software. However, like many others, I would hate for Apple to control what I can and can not run on my desktops/servers. I’m willing to give them that control on my iPhone and iPad and neither of those devices are intended to be full general computing platforms.

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