Apple has moved a step forward towards launching its Mac App Store as it announced that its Mac OS X Download site will stop delivering apps from Jan. 6.

In a letter issued to developers Apple stated: Because we believe the Mac App Store will be the best destination for users to discover, purchase, and download your apps, we will no longer offer apps on the Mac OS X Downloads site. Instead, beginning January 6, we will be directing users to explore the range of apps available on the Mac App Store.

The plan to discontinue the service is a fallout of Apple's attempt to replicate the success of App Store for its iOS devices for its Mac. The Mac Store experience was touted to be similar to its App Store when it was announced in October. Like on iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step. App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store. it said.