Raspberry Pi Store

Raspberry Pi has announced the credit card sized PC is getting its own app store called the Pi Store.

The Pi Store has launched for Raspberry Pi owners with 23 free apps including LibreOffice, Asterisk and Raspberry Pi exclusive Iridium Rising. The maker said the Pi Store is a way for the community to share creations. See also: Raspberry Pi Model B gets RAM upgrade, same price.

The Raspberry Pi blog said: "Today, together with our friends at IndieCity and Velocix, we’re launching the Pi Store to make it easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials with the rest of the community."

"The Pi Store will, we hope, become a one-stop shop for all your Raspberry Pi needs; it’s also an easier way into the Raspberry Pi experience for total beginners, who will find everything they need to get going in one place, for free."

The firm said n updated Raspbian image which includes the Pi Store is available from the downloads page.

Developers are encouraged to upload apps for free to get more downloads but there is the option, like the iOS App Store and Google Play Store to charge for apps. The firm hopes the Pi Store will allow young people to share creations created with the Raspberry Pi and also to 'make a little pocket money'.

Over time the Pi Store promises to range everything from hobbyist content to full commercial software. The Pi Store features a recommendations engine so the more users download, rate and review apps, the more refined the recommendations will become.

"You can submit binaries, raw Python code, images, audio or video; and soon you’ll be able to submit Scratch content too. Raspberry Pi-related media of all kinds also has a place in the Pi Store – we’re carrying the MagPi, and hope to be able to host as many of your homebrew tutorials there as possible." added the Raspberry Pi blog.

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