Apple, you’ve failed me. And oh how you’ve failed me.
I’ve used the new Mac App Store twice. The first time was the day it came out. The second time was to see if they had Sponge, this week’s winner of the Magnetic Oreo Award, which —of course— they didn’t. Wait. Three times. I went again to get screenshots for this post. I might use it again in the future, but let’s be honest- it’s pretty much the least useful thing Apple has ever given us.
Unlike my phone, which I use to play Words With Friends while I’m pooping, I actually use my computer to work. So I have the applications I need already. And if I do need an “app” there’s a little thing called the Internet that actually has a bunch of them available for download. I don’t really need a one-stop shop for applications, because I’ve already got one. And I already get that a majority of PC users utilize their state-of-the-art laptop or desktop for solely for facebook stalking and solitare, but those people should just get an iPad and leave the processing power for people who’ll use it.
Another problem with the App Store is that Apple decides what belongs and what doesn’t. I hate having a filtration system between me and my programming buddies out there. Look, if it wasn’t for Rob Johnson, I would never have known about Coda, a product that I use almost daily (And Cabel Sasser will get his Magnetic Oreo Award soon enough. He’s an awesome, awesome person).
Here’s what I would consider buying from the App Store
The App Store takes away all the fun of discovering a website like OpenSourceMac.org (which hasn’t updated in years, btw) or finding an app like Mongo DB from github.com. It just makes buying applications like a high school party. It shows me who’s popular, who’s fun and who’s new. But it doesn’t show me the kids they didn’t invite, because they’re at home making really great applications in their basements.
In fact, of the ten applications I use most (Chrome, Coda, Final Cut, Photoshop, Twitter, Firefox, Transmission, Think, GarageBand and Handbrake) only three are available on the App store. I’m not interested in games, educational apps or tracking my diet. I’d just use the internet for all of those things (onemorelevel.com, wikipedia.org, dailyburn.com or just set up my own spreadsheet on Google docs). I guarantee you that the majority of people only use three apps on their computers anyway- a browser, a word processor and a game (or two).
Bottom line, if you’re interested in playing Angry Birds on your desktop, sell your iMac and buy an iPad. The sad truth is if you want good “apps”, don’t bother asking Apple- they’ve lost interest in providing those.