I noticed a bunch of other apps in the app store that either I already had, or that had significant discounts on them. First off is the iWork and iLife suits of programs from Apple. It used to be that if you wanted to upgrade these programs you had to buy all of them over again even if you only wanted one of them. Now you can buy iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote individually. If you just want a word processor, 20 bucks for Pages is a lot better than $79 for all of iLife or $100 for MS Office.
Apple has also priced its advanced photography program Aperture at $80. That’s an amazing discount. Not only is that much less than the usual $200 price of the program, it’s even less than the usual $100 for the upgrade! That means that when the new version comes out, you’ll be able to buy it through the app store for less than you used to be able to! Apple has also slashed its price on remote desktop software to $80! Granted, that’s a lot more specialized piece of software aimed mostly at system administrators, but wow, what a price!
There are several other apps that I already own in the app store as well. I use Rapidweaver for my website, and the 5.0 version is up in the store. They have the purchase price the same as the upgrade price in their website. that’s rankling some folks, but I think it makes sense to transition everyone over to the app store. Socialite is a handy program for keeping track of your Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, and Google Reader. It’s only 10 bucks, a great price.
If you can’t tell, I’m mighty psyched about this. It’s one more way that Apple has managed to make things easier for us.