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    Mac App Store hastens Apple's plans to cease boxed software sales - rumour
    Mac App Store hastens Apple's plans to cease boxed software sales - rumour
    AppleInsider | Mac App Store hastens Apple's plans to cease boxed software sales - rumor
    A new rumor suggests that Apple plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores, instead relying solely on digital distribution through the Mac App Store.

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    bad idea. some people cant rely on their internet. I hope this doesn't become true.

    I will never download something such as logic etc. the files are far too big. i doubt it will actually happen.
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    I agree. It's a terrible idea to get away from physical media completely. I'm lucky with my internet service, but some people have bandwidth limits by the month, some people have very slow connections... Not everyone can download huge files like that. And even some who can, don't want to do it. It's much easier to grab a disc off the shelf and pop it in...
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    So what? Do you think Apple Stores are the ONLY place to purchase boxed software? This is Apple's decision for how it plans to handle the software it sells. This has no impact on anyone in any way.
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    Well, as long as they don't stop making physical media for their stuff, ie. iLife, iWork, Aperture, Logic, etc. then it won't have any impact Sure it's fine if they want to stop selling it in store, as long as they still make it, is all that I was getting at.
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    I agree. It's not a big deal as you can always purchase the boxed software at on line distributors and resellers such as Amazon. As a matter of fact, you're better off not buying direct from Apple because they offer no discounts.

    Our Apple store near my home sells titles like MS Office and Adobe software for full retail. I can easily beat those prices by shopping on line.

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    I can see exactly where all of you come from; and I'm sure some of you are probably much older than me...I'm 19. But I've always been superfluously fascinated with digital media rather than physical media. When it comes to my xbox 360, I've been converting all of my games to their "Games on Demand" which are digital downloads, rather than buying the actual disc. Of course, this is much more expensive than buying the game used(5$ vs say 20$) but in the long run, I like knowing I have the software purchased and locked into my account for good, where I can never lose it...the way I lose physical things left and right.

    As far as things going from physical to digital, I'm all for it because it's that much more of a plus to me. But I also, very much so, see the point where you all are coming from when it comes to getting rid of the physical media. I think this is Apple's way of FORCING people into digital?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    I agree. It's not a big deal as you can always purchase the boxed software at on line distributors and resellers such as Amazon. As a matter of fact, you're better off not buying direct from Apple because they offer no discounts.
    This brings up another point... Will the Mac App Store offer discounts (as already seen with Apps like Aperture) since Apple will not have to pay for shipping and not have to use store space for those items?

    This could be a win/win.
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    Not only that MymacROX, but think if physical media production was just taken away completely(no factories, no shipping or storing like you said, no physical production cost).


    Very good point!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePope43 View Post
    Not only that MymacROX, but think if physical media production was just taken away completely(no factories, no shipping or storing like you said, no physical production cost).


    Very good point!
    But surely they'll be smart enough to know that "completely" halting production of physical media would be a very bad idea and in their very worst interest.
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    Seems like Apple would like to sway customers more towards the Mac App Store being that it cuts their costs on distribution and the app store provides more easily accessible apps to the majority.

    I don't see Apple eliminating boxed software, especially internationally being that bandwidth caps are more prevalent. I'd imagine at the Apple Stores they'd not stock the software, but recommend purchasing directly from the website or the Mac App Store and have customers decide for themselves, which options is best for them.

    As for Mac OS X distribution, they'll continue to use a boxed option, no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robduckyworth View Post
    bad idea. some people cant rely on their internet. I hope this doesn't become true.
    Well the Apple stores would have a net connection. And I'm sure you could download it instore and they'd burn it to an Apple branded disc or USB stick. That's saving in packaging and freight costs.

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    Wow, didn't see this one coming...
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    Well the Apple stores would have a net connection. And I'm sure you could download it instore and they'd burn it to an Apple branded disc or USB stick. That's saving in packaging and freight costs.
    They could do that in-store, but wouldnt that be defeating the purpose of the non-boxed software ????

    If they do this, what are they going to put on the wall in the corner where all this stuff sit ??? Maybe they are going to be making room for ????? in the near future ??

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    I think what he possibly could mean is that you walk into your local Apple store and buy a new MBP, and the salesperson then asks: "Would you like to purchase a copy of so and so from the App store"? "I can download it for you and place it on a disk or thumb drive."

    I wonder how many new customers would actually take advantage of a service like that? Probably quite a few. Of course the Apple store also gets to sell you a thumb drive in the process.

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