The Mac App store has gone live, with a thousand apps available. In comparison, the App store for iPhone and iPod launched in June 2008 with 500 apps, and as of October 2010 there were around 300,000 apps available. (It's hard to tell how many apps are iPad specific. According to the Apple website, there are "thousands," and the iPad can run most of the apps available for iPhone and iPod. Tech Crunch estimates over 5,000 as of May 2010.)
Numbers aside, what will you find in the Mac App store? You can purchase the previously bundled Garage Band, IPhoto and iMovie separately for the price of $14.99 each. You'll find the usual productivity tools (Evernotes, to do lists). Yelling Robot is designed to keep you on task, though the robot doesn't so much yell as glare at you and speak somewhat sternly. A quick look at the Education apps suggests they are more for the younger set, and some of them seem expensive. For example, LogicWorks, which teaches about digital electronic circuits, is $69.99, and EarMaster Pro, a music theory app, is $59.99.
Will desktop apps have the same appeal as mobile apps? What do you think? Oh, and in case you're wondering, you can also buy Angry Birds.