The Mac App Store: It's an honor thing
Posted 13 February 2011 - 05:43 AM
Posted 13 February 2011 - 06:30 AM
I agree, though, that this licensing innovation makes life easier on users and will therefore attract more of them to the MAS - and encourage them to buy more software at the same time. It's a true win/win. A significant downside to the Mac App Store is the ban on shareware/trialware. But price breaks and app portability seem to be offsetting this disadvantage.
Don't look for this model to be copied elsewhere, though. Apple cultivated a culture of trust with the iTunes store, letting customers authorize up to five computers for the music they bought there. The fact that this experiment was wildly successful made it possible for Apple to negotiate with the music companies to remove DRM entirely from music in the store. Sharing iPhone and iPad apps is only slightly more difficult than sharing music. Even so, developers seem to be doing well with their iApps.
Compare this to the Android Market, where software piracy is rampant and profits are slim. Clearly the Apple culture doesn't translate well to other platforms. And don't expect apps for Windows Phone 7 to be DRM free; absolutely no one is more paranoid about software piracy than Microsoft.
As usual Apple's business model for selling apps is both unique and successful.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 06:35 AM
People have asked me why I purchase the family packs of the OS. It is for the very reason that there is an honor system in place. It is always worth the cost and, quite frankly, I appreciate Apple's belief in their customers to do the right thing. Isn't it the way the world should work?
Of course, there will always be the rationalization from some that the world isn't like that, so why should they comply? These people are also known as "crooks".
Posted 13 February 2011 - 06:39 AM
Developers should not be allowed to upload poor quality products, even if free. It just contaminates the store.
More so, users shouldn't be allowed to rate and grade. They aren't professionals and they have no credentials whatsoever. Case in point...
Someone uploads a rather shabby free app that doesn't really work properly. 3 people give it 1 star and complain about the features that don't work. The developer gets 10 friends to download the free app (since it costs NOTHING) and give it 5 stars. The stars average out and the app appears to be very good. It has a high star rating, and 10 great reviews.
Is anyone else falling for this obvious scam?
Posted 13 February 2011 - 06:40 AM
Maybe in your neck of the woods. In Australia the prices on apps I was interested in have risen by at least 20%. Plus not being able to trial the apps before buying. How is that good?
Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:01 AM
Even if you pay $$$ for these overpriced software, the license agreement suggests that you don't own whatever you've purchased. Kinda f**ked rite? And when you have those which do online activation, you can get very screwed. Sometimes you have to beg just to have your software reactivated. Not a single software vendor will give you a black-and-white on the activation limits. And I know why.
Apple's App Store system sounds good. But it's not perfect. If you decide to move back to a 10.5 and earlier systems, don't expect to use the software you have purchased at the App Store.
The honor thingy. As far as my hard-earned money is concerned, I should be able to install my purchased software on all Macs I owned. Yes, I purchased all my software. Thousand of dollars. Even I do install the single purchase on two other Macs, absolutely NO ONE else will be using them. All these are for convenience as I only use my software on a Mac, one at a time. My software is for my own use only on whatever computer I owned.
In a business environment, I will not have the same practice. I will stick to the one PC, one license agreement. Why? It's pretty much the same actually, one PC, one user, no one else. In some ways, cloud computing like Chrome OS may be the way to go. I can go to any computer in the world with high speed network connection and use any app I purchased for my own usage. When I log out, no one else can have the same software access on that computer if they didn't purchase it. The biggest disadvantage is you need a constant internet connection.
Anyhow, no perfect system. I think I should be able to install my software on all my own computers only for my own use one at a time. Doesn't make sense especially dollar sense for me to pay more on two licenses or family pack license for one person usage only. I will still buy original software. Always on the look out for good deals and discounts from proper channels. Just ranting.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:26 AM
Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:29 AM