Setapp Announces Early Access to 'Unstore' Alternative to Apple's Mac App Store

by Volker Weber

Setapp is a new subscription service that makes a growing suite of more than 45 popular macOS applications available to users for a flat monthly fee. Anyone who wants early access to the platform, which is scheduled for release early next year, must register at the Setapp website and priority admission will be granted on a rolling basis over the coming weeks. The new service is the latest spinoff of hugely successful, award-winning Mac software company MacPaw which has an installed base of more than 5 million customers worldwide.

It's a pretty impressive list of apps, most of which I don't know, with a few I like (CleanMyMac) or don't like (Elmedia Player). Setapp will work like Netflix or Spotify. You pay a monthly fee (think 10€) and you can use all apps in Setapp until you stop paying up.

I will have a limited number of invites that will grant instant access to the beta. Just comment if you'd like to be in.

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I got the invite email yesterday. I completely ignored it as my initial impression was that it was one of these "are all your apps up to date" type services.

Your blog post made me rethink. If it's got apps such as Cleanmymac, then it's likely a decent service.

Your blog title was way more enticing than their email!

Chris Lindley, 2016-12-08

I'd much appreciate exploring this! Thank you.

Nick Daisley, 2016-12-08

I would like to give it a try. Thank you. :)

Abdelkader Boui, 2016-12-08

Do you still have an invite for me? Sounds really interesting!

Stephan Kopp, 2016-12-08

Sehr gerne würde ich das Testen.

Bernd Schuster, 2016-12-08

Wenn Du noch einen übrig hast, würde ich mich freuen

Matthias Röder, 2016-12-08

I would be happy about an invite :)

Jörg Schlusemann, 2016-12-08

Wieviele sind "limited"? :-)

Thomas Lang, 2016-12-08

I asked Setapp for you 8 people. Let's wait if they want that many, or more, or less.

Volker Weber, 2016-12-09

The concept and execution is really great - but I am not sure if the number of apps I would use is big enough to justify the cost.

Bernd Schuster, 2016-12-09

When I look at the list of applications - I might use 1 or 2, and each of these would be maybe for 5 minutes a month. I just don't see the value.

And to add that many of these applications can often be found bundled together in a pack for the equivalent price of 3 or 4 months subscription...... I can not answer the "Why?" question.

Ian Bradbury, 2016-12-09

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