Apple has released FaceTime for Mac in its Mac App Store today, allowing any Mac OS X user to chat with friends and family on their iPhone 4 or iPod Touch. The app, which has been in beta testing since October, is now available as a $0.99 download. The price, although affordable, is somewhat surprising considering that FaceTime's mobile counterpart - a built-in feature in Apple's mobile handhelds (iPhone 4, and yes, even the iPod Touch) is free.
Is it greedy or is it genius for Apple to sell FaceTime for Mac instead of give it away as a free download? And what does this mean for Apple's iChat?
FaceTime for Mac Arrives in Mac App Store...and It's Not Free - NYTimes.com
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