Amazon opens own Mac download store

Amazon has opened up its own Mac download store, while still in a legal battle over the Appstore name with Apple.

Amazon opens own Mac download store

In February, Apple unveiled its Mac App Store, letting customers download applications and games directly to their Mac computers.

Amazon has followed that with its own Mac store; while it previously sold software downloads, it is now offering a dedicated store for Apple customers.

At launch, it offers 217 apps and 48 games. While that’s much less than the 1,000 on offer from Apple, it does include some the Mac App Store itself doesn’t have, such as Office for Mac – currently the top selling software on the site.

At the moment, the Amazon Mac download store is only featured on the US site. Games and apps are backed up online, so customers can re-download them without charge.

The move will likely cause further trouble between the two firms, currently embroiled in a lawsuit over Amazon’s use of the name “Appstore” for its Android shop front.

Apple claims the name infringes on its trademark, while Amazon – and Microsoft – have argued it’s a generic term.

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