The cloud might change the trend, but it’s decidedly an app world these days. iPhone and iPad apps. Mac apps. Apps are a dime a dozen. Literally (at times). A quick browse through the Top Free section of the Mac App Store brings a few surprises.
First, Apple sorted the Top Free apps by Bestsellers. But they’re free, not for sale. Allow me to assume, reasonably, that Bestsellers means popularity.
Bestsellers doesn’t seem to have anything to do with best. Maybe it’s downloads.
Down at the very bottom of the Top Free list are apps you’ve never heard of. There’s an Air Hockey Free game which gets five and a half stars. I like air hockey, but playing it on a Mac isn’t as exciting.
There are plenty of unnecessary apps on the Top Free list. VirusBarrier comes in with three and a half stars. You’d have similar success stacking marshmallows in front of your Mac to protect it from viruses.
There are disk cache clears, games, drawing apps, a crossword puzzle, email apps, photo filters and editors, wallpaper, and Relax Melodies to turn your Mac into a personal relaxation tool (almost 1,300 five star reviews). All free.
The biggest problem I face with the Mac App Store, other than the odd sorting capability, is that browsing is addictive. It’s like window shopping. Sooner or later something pops out, and the credit card balance goes up.