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Mac App Store live, with Angry Birds topping charts

Apple's Mac App Store has arrived right on time via the Snow Leopard 10.6.6 update, opening up a version of the ludicrously lucrative iOS storefront for Mac desktop and laptop users to peruse. The Store is accessed through its own application (separate from iTunes), but purchases and downloads are tied to an Apple ID, and any credit from iTunes is seamlessly applied to the Mac App Store upon logging in.

The Mac App Store is as impeccably tidy as the iOS Store -- it's organized just the same -- and accessing the Games category is just a few clicks away. As of writing, there are 98 games listed in the "Top Paid" ranking (which shows up to 100), led, unsurprisingly, by a $5 (50 percent off "introductory price") version of Angry Birds. In fact, Rovio's phenomenon leads all Mac App Store sales, currently, and is joined by Chopper 2 ($1), Flight Control HD ($5) and The Incident ($3) among the top-ten bestselling apps. No Halo in sight, yet.

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