Make Way for Apple’s Mac App Store Jan. 6th

On Thursday, Apple made an announcement that comes as music to the ears of Mac users everywhere.

Apple will officially open the digital doors of its Mac App Store for Mac OS X Snow Leopard on January 6th. As expected, the store launch with both free and paid applications available for for download.

“The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a prepared statement. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can’t wait to get started on January 6.”

Overall, there were no surprises in the formal announcement of the Mac App Store’s forthcoming debut. The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, you can purchase, download and install apps with a single click.

Purchased apps will work on all personal Macs, and updates will be made available and delivered through the Mac App Store.

The Mac App Store, which – remarkably – will reach 90 countries on launch, will be made available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard users as a free download through Software Update.