Where do you get refurbished Macs? Apple. Occasionally Apple sells refurbished Macs in various and sundry sizes, shapes, and speeds. At a discount. It’s about the closest Apple gets to a sale.
Where do you get refurbished Mac apps. From Apple’s Mac App Store. Developers are in a crazed frenzy to resurrect old apps and make them new again. For money.
The Mac Money Machine
Apple’s Mac App Store has become something of a money machine for Mac app developers. Pixelmator made a million bucks the first month on the App Store. At half price.
Since the App Store’s launch we’ve seen many older Mac apps find Apple’s new app showroom floor.
For example, take the once popular RSS reader, NewsFire.
It was a Mac360 favorite back in the day. It did RSS right and proud. Then NewsFire was run over and left for dead alongside the road to RSS Nirvana by the free wheeling truck, NetNewsWire.
So, NewsFire, which didn’t have as many features as the very popular and free NetNewsWire, became free, too. That’s not much of a business model for app developers so NewsFire languished; perhaps moving to a small coastal fishing village in Nova Scotia to lick wounds and scale cod.
Rejoice! RSS Is Reborn!
Praise the RSS overlords and Steve Jobs (also an overlord, though he has more money, which, apparently, can’t buy health any more today than it ever did)! NewsFire is back, resurrected to a life of prosperity, love, and prominence in the Mac App Store.
NewsFire 2011 is commercial again (as in, not free) and has taken up residence among other Mac app hopefuls. NewsFire captures the glory days of RSS yesteryear. How? Grab RSS feeds and drop them into smart groups of related content.
This is a simple RSS app that won’t complicate your life by syncing with your Google Reader account, or save you time by letting you browse web pages from within. Use Safari for that, the way God intended.
Always a diva for eye candy, NewsFire floats new RSS news items to the top of the window with a smooth, animated effect. It’s the Cher of RSS readers. Shiny, gaudy, not bad considering the age, but you can’t stop staring.
NewsFire is long on pretty and short on substance. And, considering there’s a price tag now, still doesn’t compete on features with the free version of NetNewsWire. That’s where the refurbished monicker comes in.
Seriously? A refurbished app? NewsFire was free back in the day. Now it has a price tag. New features? Hmmm. That’s hard to tell. There’s a new version number. I don’t see anything new except the price tag. Even the logo is the same.
It could be the developer is merely riding the wave of previous Mac App Store app successes. It’s certainly a Gold Rush Mentality™ for apps these days.
For some app makers it’s an easy process. Drag out an old app, dust it off, spray it with Pledge, slap on a price tag, dream up a limited but enticing description, consign it to the Mac App Store, and wait for the money to roll in.
Most of the App Store’s customers won’t remember the good old days of RSS, or NewsFire, but could be persuaded to buy based on a low price and a shiny logo, not realizing that refurbished just doesn’t mean what it used to mean.