MacStories is pointing out that Apple has discontinued free trials for iWork and Aperture. Instead, when customers reach the URL where the trial downloads used to be, they are directed t the Mac App Store to purchase the software. The exact moment in which these trials were taken down seems to be a moving target. […]
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Apple Halts Free Trials of iWork and Aperture

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MacStories is pointing out that Apple has discontinued free trials for iWork and Aperture. Instead, when customers reach the URL where the trial downloads used to be, they are directed t the Mac App Store to purchase the software.

The exact moment in which these trials were taken down seems to be a moving target. It seems that the Aperture trial has been down for some time, but the iWork trial was semi-recently removed. That said, other markets, such as the UK, still seem to have the trial available to them. On the flip side, Apple is still offering a 30-day trial of Final Cut Pro X despite dumping trials for their other software offerings.

This is nothing more than a sign of the times. Apple has moved all of their apps to the Mac App Store, and is encouraging developers to do the same. Developers can continue to host trials through their own company websites, due to the Mac App Store’s lack of support for trials. Apple is also going to make apps and the Mac App Store an even greater priority in the forthcoming release of Mountain Lion with features further encouraging the use of the Mac App Store as the primary distribution channel for software on the Mac.

If you consider the fact that no one really knows when these trials were taken down, it serves as proof that few people were even downloading the trials nowadays. That said, I still think Apple should leave a trial for Aperture floating around somewhere, because $80 isn’t a huge amount of money, but it’s not an amount most would easily brush off either.

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