With at least one application on the front page of Mac App Store priced at $59.99 and others in the $20 range, it looks like Mac developers are trying to avoid the iOS App Store race to the bottom syndrome. A quick survey of applications shows that Mac App Store publishers with low-priced iOS offerings are picking more realistic and sustainable pricing for their Mac apps.
Developer Kristanix, whose well-received Mahjong Epic sells for $0.99 on iOS, are offering Majong Epic Gold for Mac at $9.99, an order of magnitude difference in price. Hibari for Twitter, a simple Twitter client that might also sell at the $1 to $3 price point on iOS, has an "introductory" price of $13.99.
On the other hand, as Dave noted earlier, several of Apple's own Mac apps are cheaper than their previous incarnations. The iWork suite comes to $60 when purchased app-by-app, versus the $79 retail cost; Apple Remote Desktop is $79, way less than the $299 cost for the boxed version (and even cheaper than the street price of about $140). Aperture 3 is also hitting that $79 price, a real bargain versus the $199 retail cost.
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