Analog of Mac App Store with an unlimited access to applications

The MacOS App Store is woefully mismanaged. It has bloated to over 30,000 apps. Many of these are of a poor quality, and many of which (appropriately called “dead apps”) have long ceased to be maintained. Worse, many apps (especially developer tools and pro apps) cannot be sold through the App Store, due to Apple’s sandboxing policy. In theory, this exists to protect consumers. It limits the chance of any malicious software slipping into the App Store by limiting what it can do. But this can act as a barrier to some legitimate activities. To the chagrin of Apple’s sandboxing rules meant that some useful software could not be available on the MacOS app store. Also, the Apple Store offers poor value to consumers. It makes it difficult for developers to sell add-ons and upgrades. This forces developers to bundle updates into large, staggered releases, or rely on in-app purchases (IAPs). In short, the MacOS App Store isn’t fit for purpose. Not for developers. Definitely not for consumers. But what can be done?
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Analog of Mac App Store with an unlimited access to applications

Setapp is an app store, but with an unusual twist. Customers pay a subscription fee of $9.99 per month, and in return get unlimited access to a library of high-quality, curated packages.
These come from a small, hand-picked selection of reputable developers. Now, it has around 45 of these onboard in plans it would maximum 300 of the best apps. Setapp is currently in a closed beta, with a public beta soon to follow. The service is slated for a full public release at the start of next year.
The mechanics behind how you use Setapp are delightfully simple. First, you register with the service and download a small app. This then creates a folder in your Finder favorites, which is populated with shortcuts to everything that’s contained in the Setapp library. If you need to install something, just double-click it. It’ll be on your hard drive in a matter of moments. No need to be tethered to your Internet connection, either. If you lose connectivity, or if you’re in a place without Wi-Fi, all apps will continue to work as normal. Users will always have the latest version of the software.

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