Marco Arment on Apps leaving the Mac App Store:
The problem with sandboxing isn’t that any particular app is incompatible with the current entitlements. It’s a deeper problem than that: Apple is significantly reducing the number of apps that can be sold in the Store after people have already bought them.
And nearly everyone who’s been burned by sandboxing exclusions — not just the affected apps’ developers, but all of their customers — will make the same choice with their future purchases. To most of these customers, the App Store is no longer a reliable place to buy software.
I could have quoted Arment’s entire piece which was spot on. I tweeted the week of the sandboxing deadline that I didn’t understand why more people weren’t freaking out about it. Most people who responded didn’t even know what I was talking about. I am sure many of them are still completely unaware that many of their App Store apps have been pulled, or will no longer be updated. And that is just as big a problem because users will have out of date, possibly insecure, applications running on their machines for who knows how long.
I was very weary about going all in on the Mac App store, and now I regret virtually every purchase I have made because I have absolutely no idea how long any of the applications I bought will still be available there. Moom got creative and found a way to validate Mac App Store purchases but the process is a pain and I haven’t even done it on the computer I just purchased last month because I don’t feel like going through the muli-step process.
The next 6 months or so are going to be a very interesting game of cat and mouse. It’s going to take a while before Apple even noticed a blip in App Store sales because most users won’t know to go elsewhere and developer will slowly move out. But I am noticing an increasing trend of once hardcore Mac users getting frustrated as Apple continues to ignore them in favor of the masses1. It’s too soon to tell what this means, but the next two years should tell us a lot.
I for one, and not excited about the prospect of re-buying software though.
- I have said before that this makes sense from Apple’s standpoint and I understand why they are doing it [↩]