In response to the Mac App Store, the developer behind Cydia has announced will be coming to the Mac.
Jay Freeman speaking at 360 MacDev said Cydia would be coming to the Mac and would support Apps and extensions not available from Apple. Whether Cydia will be web based or a downloaded App is unknown.
While speaking at the conference, Freeman had this to say about Cydia for the Mac.
Freeman felt that the same type of store would be useful for Mac OS X devices; the result is a Mac Cydia, which will be available “within weeks.” With today’s news that the Mac App Store will not support in-app purchases, something that is critical to the freemium app model that is so successful in the iOS world, a Mac Cydia might be just the web store for a number of Mac developers.
Since Apple’s announcement of the Mac App Store, developers have considered all the possible distribution methods available to ensure their software is available in the right places. It’ll be interesting to see if any more alternatives to the Mac App Store emerge in response to developers questioning Apple’s new App distribution methods.