In other words it’s a place to buy Mac apps that users really don’t need, and they’re likely to pay too much.
Too much? Here’s a case in point. Music Player in the Mac App Store is a music player that’s free. Or, it costs $7.99. Or, it’s even more expensive.
What gives? Therein is the problem. Apple curates the Mac App Store to ensure that apps meet certain technical qualifications, but doesn’t do much to determine if the world needs another app.
As of today, Music Player bills itself as regularly priced at $7.99. What does it do? Not as much as iTunes, which is free.
Here’s what you can do with Music Player.
You can use it to play music on your Mac. Loom songs. Create and play a playlist of songs. Random play songs. Display song ID3 information.
All that for $7.99 more than iTunes. There’ a reason Music Player was on sale for free. There are at least a dozen or two music players or iTunes controllers in the Mac App Store already.
Some are simple and some are use worthy. Prices range from free to 99-cents to a few dollars. Some only control iTunes. Others add a feature or two to justify the price tag.
Without paying attention to the competition it would be easy for a newcomer to the Mac App Store to assume the price tag of dubious value apps to be reasonable. Paying anything for an app that doesn’t do what iTunes can do is probably paying too much.