Apple Launches Mac App Store: Bring on Angry Birds

Apple’s Mac version of its iOS iTunes App Store opened for business today, with ┬ámore than 1,000 apps and more than a few games. You probably won’t be surprised at all to hear that Angry Birds is there, and it’s already selling well.

Also showing up in the store so far this morning are Bejeweled 3 and Flight Control HD, as well as LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4. All have previously appeared on the iPhone and iPad and are pretty high-quality, as well as good sellers on those platforms. You’ll have to pay for them, though.

A few games are offered for free, as well: solitaire and poker to name two, but so far, nothing too exciting.

If the Mac App Store ends up being like the iTunes App Store (and I’d bet that it will be), expect to see a lot of sales, discounts, free offerings and lite versions of games scattered all over the place. Hopefully Apple will do a better job of policing this store than it does the one on iTunes, keeping the population down to a smaller number of higher-quality apps rather than a flood of crap that requires a shovel and a great deal of patience to traverse.

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