Lion’s Mac App Store Exclusivity Will End in August With $69 USB Thumb Drive

Lion’s Mac App Store Exclusivity Will End in August With $69 USB Thumb Drive

Apple finally launched OS X Lion today, and although the release will be exclusive to the Mac App Store initially, Apple has confirmed it will be available on a USB thumb drive for $69 in August.

Of course, that $69 price tag is twice that of Lion’s Mac App Store price, which is just $29.99. However, it will enable those without broadband access in their homes or strict data caps from their ISPs to install Apple’s latest operating system, which weighs in at a pretty hefty 3.49 GB:

Users who do not have broadband access at home, work or school can download Lion at Apple retail stores and later this August, Lion will be made available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) for $69 (US).

It’s currently unclear whether those eligible for a free upgrade to Lion can get the USB drive at a special rate.

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  • Roger Chucker

    How the fuck do they justify doubling the price?? Sounds like a Netflixesque dick move – keep the price of offline medium unreasonably high so that people are forced to use the online medium. 

  • Roger Chucker

    How the fuck do they justify doubling the price?? Sounds like a Netflixesque dick move – keep the price of offline medium unreasonably high so that people are forced to use the online medium. 

  • Greg Braddock

    wait… will the appstore price remain $29?

  • matthewmspaceyoutube

    That’s only one physical way to get Lion. Find a friend who has a computer that had Lion purchased and get them to burn it to a cd/flash drive for you and it’s free (or you can pay them back).

  • IamEzio

    Yes .

  • Aj Tk427

    Those USB keys don’t produce themselves magically out of thin air.  Although the price does seem a little steep, but I don’t agree that it should be the same price as the download.

  • Honyant

    Except each copy comes with its own individualised serial number linked to the account of the person who bought it.

  • Visnes

    Yes, pirate a 30 dollar OS.. Cheapskate.

  • lowtolerance

    No, it most definitely does not. Each copy of Lion downloaded from the App Store is identical, byte-for-byte. Need proof? Compare a checksum to the hundreds that have posted around the internet.

  • Zulvianes Budiman

    wonder about the size of the flash drive… if it’s just covering Lion’s file size, it will be a total rip off… and i wish it can be use as a standard flash drive too.

  • CharliK

    Yes. Because they are making this for the folks that never bothered to upgrade to Snow Leopard. So $29 for Snow Leopard, $29 for Lion, the rest is materials etc. 

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