Men graze. It’s in our nature. It’s genetic. It’s the way God made us. We tinker about. We surf through more television channels in an hour than women have fingers. We can actively watch a sit com, a drama, a re-run, and CNN all at the same time; using the remote to bounce swiftly between commercials with all the timing, grace, and diversity of Meryl Streep.
Real men don’t use the Mac App Store. We prefer our apps the old fashioned way. Download demos apps. Try out apps for at least there minutes. We buy shareware but only when we’re good an ready.
Change, Change, More Change
Apple comes along and changes, again, the status quo. The Mac App Store is nice, but it’s really a woman’s place to buy apps. Click a button to buy. Wait for the download. No installation necessary. No worrying about updates or upgrades.
Where’s the manliness in such a simple process?
For a real man to love the Mac App Store, it’s the App Store that needs to change. Here’s what it needs.
First and foremost, Mac Men need demo apps. Or, a way to download and try an app for a few days before purchase.
Apple can do that but they don’t because people will try more apps than they buy. As it is now, many Mac users try apps that are crap but don’t know it until they’ve paid first.
Second, and nearly as important, are upgrades. If I already bought an app that’s now on the App Store, Apple and the developer want me to buy it again. There’s no discount for having bought the same thing before.
Third is a composite of issues with the Mac App Store. It’s clumsy to use. It’s difficult to sort through apps to get a good feel for what other users like or don’t like. Sorting is miserable.
User ratings are a good thing, but anemic in MAS. Some users give five stars but don’t explain why an app is good. Others give a single star but don’t explain why an app is not good.
Finally, comparisons are next to impossible because the Mac App Store only displays a page and an app at one time. I want to compare apps side-by-side. It’s the way a man does what a man does.
Until Apple covers all my points the Mac App Store will always be the online store for women.