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Mac App Store launching January

Download service due for Apple computers within weeks

Apple's latest version of the App Store, designed for OSX-powered computers, will launch on January 6.

The App Store (announced in October) will broadly replicate its iOS cousin, bringing a huge range of free and paid game and application downloads to Macs via a new system overlay.

The store will be available in 90 countries, via a free update to the Snow Leopard iteration of OSX. The forthcoming operating system refresh Lion will also include it.

As with iOS, Apple takes a 30 per cent cut of any sales made via the App Store, though many game-makers have opted for free to play offerings with in-app purchasing.

"The App Store revolutionised mobile apps," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can't wait to get started on January 6."

Interested developers can find more information on creating and submitting Mac App Store software here.

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