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Apple Software Dispatch The Mac App Store from 1993!

Software Dispatch was a disk-based app store that was distributed with CD-ROM-equiped Macintosh Performa models in the mid 1990s.

The CD-ROM contained 70 "great applications" that can be unlocked with a code that could be purchased through a toll-free telephone call or a faxed order form.[1]]



Apple Computer Software Dispatch

Introductory video from the disk

Software Dispatch was developed by the Software Solution unit of AppleSoft,[2] a division that had been formed at Apple Computer under Michael Spindler in 1993.[3] Participating developers in the program included:[2]

A Windows version of the CD-ROM was also developed.[2][4]


  1. Revisiting Software Dispatch, 1994's Mac App Store on CD-ROM by Christopher Phin, Macworld. 2016-02-09.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Apple branches out to fight Microsoft on Intel by Tom Quinlan and Jim Hammett, InfoWorld. 1993-10-11.
  3. Apple shuffle raises some enterprise mart concerns by Frederic Paul, Network World p.18-22. 1993-07-26.
  4. The strangest business meeting of my career by Rob Griffiths, Robservatory. 2014-05-12.

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