01/06/2011 01:08 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Apple's Mac App Store Now Open For Business

Though Apple has abstained (as usual) from the weeklong Consumer Electronics Show (CES) extravaganza currently taking place in Las Vegas, the Cupertino giant is humming along to the sound of its own buzz.

Today, as planned, Apple opened the doors to its new Mac App Store, which gives Mac OS users access to over 1,000 free and paid apps.

Available now via the Mac OS X Snow Leopard update (v10.6.6), the Mac App store offers Apple desktop users a software catalogue reminiscent of the iOS store that has become wildly popular with mobile users.

According to a press release from Apple, visitors to the Mac App Store will be able to browse, buy, download and update apps across a range of categories, including education, games, graphics and design, lifestyle, productivity and utilities.

What's currently available? iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand can be downloaded individually for $14.99 each. Pages, Keynote and Numbers apps are available for $19.99 each. Photo editing software like Aperture 3 can be purchased for $79.99. Visit the Mac App Store and see what other apps are available.

The Mac App store was originally announced in October at Apple's Back To The Mac Event and will be available in the future as part of the upcoming Mac OSX Lion software release.