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Apple cuts off boxed software for educational stores

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu September 29, 2011

More sales funneled into Mac App Store

Apple is halting almost all sales of boxed software to campus resellers, a circulating email memo indicates. The message was recently sent to customers at a "major academic institution," ZDNet reports. "Apple confirmed today that, with limited exception, they will cease to ship boxed software to campus resellers," the notice reads. "This includes Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife, iWork, Apple Remote Desktop, and Aperture, among others.

"We have a limited supply of copies of each in stock in the store, so consider this a 'last call' for anyone who would like a hard copy before they are gone," the memo continues. "Particularly anyone who would like to get Snow Leopard, as we just received our final shipment of that version of the OS."

It goes on to state that the only software that will stay boxed is Apple's music production tools, Logic Express and Logic Studio. Although Apple continues to issue minor periodic updates for Logic, the software has been mostly neglected in recent years, lacking the attention of other pro apps such as Aperture and Final Cut. A Logic Pro X is rumored to be in development, possibly even near completion.

The decision to cut off boxes to schools ultimately just an extension of Apple's broader policies favoring the Mac App Store for both first- and third-party apps. Aperture, iWork, iLife, Xsan and Remote Desktop are no longer being shipped to any retailer in box form. Lion was the first edition of OS X to launch as a download-only upgrade, though USB sticks are now available.




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  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    environmental?

    No, it is greed-driven network congestion and profit. Mental.

  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    just business

    Distributing Apple directly over the network is a cost savings and keeps all income in Apple's hands. No VARs that never did anything other than sell the box. No distribution costs other than the network. It also keeps people from giving the software to their friends, or at least makes it more difficult. This brings more money back into Apple. Getting rid of the production and distribution costs gives Apple more profit but also allows them to reduce the cost of software without losing profit. They don't have to create and pay for a lot of advertising because most of it is found in the App Store.

    Paul, you can call it greed, I call it better business for both Apple and users. I get more information about Apple applications on the web and the App Store than going to a store and trying to find Mac applications in a box, which have been almost nonexistent outside the Apple Store. Apple can't control the distribution of all applications for Macs but they can control the software they produce. Cut the cost of the middle-man, that's find with me. I always like to buy direct anyway.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Fix it

    Apple needs to fix their volume licensing for education. You have to buy 20 licenses of any product. But some schools such as my employer's are too small. We don't need 20 of anything. But once you buy something through the App Store, you can't buy it again. And we're not going to put a separate App Store account on each Mac on campus and try to deal with that.

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