The Mac App Store is officially open for business today, bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to the Mac. Available to Snow Leopard users through an automatic software update, the Mac App Store allows people to browse, buy, and download games and other apps through their iTunes account.

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The Mac App Store offers apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews.

According to Apple, the Mac Store launches with more than 1,000 apps including its fair share of games. One of the launch titles is a Mac version of the iPhone smash hit Angry Birds (introductory price $4.99), which not surprisingly is already listed as the #1 paid app.

Game prices are similar to those of portals like Steam and GamersGate, ranging from casual games like Virtual City, Build-a-lot 4, Peggle and Bejeweled 3 for between $6.99 and $19.99, up to “harcore” games like LEGO: Harry Potter Years 1-4 for $49.99.

To get the Mac App Store, download the Mac OS X v10.6.6 Software Update or visit www.apple.com/mac/app-store. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit developer.apple.com/programs/mac.