Demo Software Won’t Be Allowed On Apple's Mac App Store

Apple is telling to their developers that its Mac app store will not accept demo or trial software. The company is advising developers who wish to make demos available to consumers to try before they buy to place betas, demos, and trials on their own website.

Apple said: 
"Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore. The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your app."

The highly curated environment of iOS, consumers who are displeased with the Mac App Store policies can find software elsewhere and shop at other venue to load programs onto their OS X system, including via retail CD and DVD, programs sold on USB drives, and direct downloads from other store fronts or developers on the Web.It may also mean that the Mac App Store will be less about free-wheeling exploration of software and more about the simplified delivery of software.It’s sort of the opposite of what you find on so many e-book stores these days. Many books have at least a chapter available for free to see whether you like it or not.