Will the Mac App Store have enough to sell?


Interesting post on gdgt about how free — as in free beer — software may be killing off the commercial software market and how this trend intersects with Apple’s launch of the Mac App Store.

The real issue with the desktop software market is that (unless you’re talking about productivity software) there just isn’t all that much consumers need to buy anymore. The boxed software business didn’t die because of app stores, it died because of an overabundance of great programs that are free, open, or otherwise subsidized that are available through other web or internet services. To put it another way: lately, how often have your parents bought software for their computer (that wasn’t Microsoft Office)?