As a newcomer to the Mac, I was not at all interested in the App Store. Maybe I'm too cynical, but goddamn it, I'm proven right too often to change my ways. The App Store does not solve any existing problems for me, as a user. If I can find some app in their, then I could have Googled for the author's web site just as easily. I actually prefer apps that self-update, rather than having to open the inflexible App Store client.
The Mac app store gives real users many advantages:
- One place to go to keep all applications updated.
- One purchase let's you install on all your macs for no added expense.
- The app has been code reviewed by Apple and certified virus free, privacy-respecting.
- Reviews of the app are available to review. You get to feedback your own review to the world too.
- You don't have to give payment detail, such as credit card info to a developer.
- You don't have to give your personal info to a developer, who may resell it or have it hacked.
- No need to keep backups of apps, you can redownload free after nuking your system.
- Developers get more money than if they sold in physical stores, but less per unit than if they sold direct on their own website.
- Developers can't hide adware or malware in their apps or app websites.
- Apple knows what you bought.
- Developers that don't want to let you run on all your machines for one price won't sell in the app store. Example: Microsoft Office for Mac.
- Apps in same category are directly competing. It's like putting all the cereal in one aisle, the consumer has more choice visible. But if you're not in the app store, it is like selling in a farmer's market. Customers have to find you.