Weekly Poll: How Many App Store Apps Have You Downloaded?

Can you believe it’s been almost a year since the Mac App Store first launched? Today I was poking around store and had a look at the Purchases tab. Here you can see everything you’ve ever downloaded from the store. My list has over forty items dating all the way back to my very first download: Twitter for Mac on January 6, 2011 (an app I still use daily).

For today’s poll question, stop by your own list of purchases and tell us how many apps you’ve downloaded over the past year. Once you’ve answered the poll, tell us your thoughts about the Mac App Store in the comments section below. Have you found it to be as useful as you thought it would be? Do you use the apps you’ve downloaded regularly or are they collecting dust in your Applications folder?


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  • I originally thought that the mac app store would be great. However I have since found most of the “free apps” the only ones I really download, are really bad. They are not like the good old open source stuff you use to get.

    You can get far better applications by finding good developers who still offer downloads via their website.

    • +1

    • you can get good old open source apps like growl in MAS for non-zero price

      overall I’m finding good deals on individual apps and don’t have to wait for an bundle.

  • I still love the Mac App Store. I look there first for my applications. Not every app has become a regularly used item, but that was true with apps I tried before the MAS. Some get uninstalled, some stay installed on a “maybe” basis, some stay on an “infrequent but still needed” basis, and some are default applications used regularly. What excited me most initially about the MAS — and still excites me today — is the ease of updates. Every time I have to update an app that is not through the MAS, I appreciate the MAS more.

  • I thought it would be cool, but it’s not the developers’ software in a convenient platform—instead, it’s a sandboxed App Store version that you can’t modify without breaking it, including trivial things like the app’s icon. Ridiculous. Once I realized all the restrictions and frequently limited features of software adapted to be accepted in the Mac App Store, I decided to never again buy a MAS app. I’ll buy straight from developers or not at all.

    • Using a different icon doesn’t break anything. It works the same way it always has.

  • Hundreds. Use maybe a dozen of them. It’s simply addictive. I perceive $1.99 as tryout-without-disabled-features payment, I guess. Or get-a-beautiful-icon-regardless payment.

    Good old developers that offer their apps through their websites are not forgotten too. I’ve got loads of them by the way of app bundles. In a way it’s even worse. I’ve got 3 or 4 extra licences for many apps simply because they’re included in every darned bundle there is.

    Hate updates, though. Every day there are 50+ updates on iPhone, iPad and Mac for the apps I don’t use.

  • 477 on iPad and 569 on iPhone and counting. Many of them are universal of course and probably 20 – 30% of them are free apps. They’re frightening figures but considering I got both devices from the first day they came out maybe it isn’t so bad.

  • I have around 30 apps. I’ve installed many of them. I only use 3 regularly (one is OS X Lion), and about another 3 on occasion. The rest have rather specific uses that I don’t usually have a need for. About 25-30% were free downloads. I’m not in love with the App Store. I bought too many apps in the past 4 years from MuPromo, MacZot, and other bundles, or directly from the developer, and I’d rather not repurchase those from the App Store at full price until I absolutely have no choice.

  • Wow, first time I’ve counted, 34, including Lion, iWork, Pixelmator, Color Splash Studio, FX Photo studio, iPhoto… all the usual suspects. I like the functionality of the App Store, I trust it and it’s also easy to update software. About 80% are purchased apps.

  • Just a few then stopped buying. My daytime job has the Mac App Store blocked so anything I buy can only be used at home. It’s unfortunate because some apps I want to buy (i.e., Reeder) is only available through the App Store.

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