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I use freeappalert to find iOS apps that were made free each day. I'm not interested in apps that are already free, just those that recently became free.

I haven't found anything similar for the Mac App store yet. Is there a similar service or way to find Mac apps on sale for free that normally cost something?

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I've been using Store News to get this very same information.

The filtering and categories make it easy to setup saved searches that cut the results down to just applications and application types you're interested in monitoring. The UI is nicely aligned with the Mac App Store as well, which is what drew me to it in the first place.

Store News

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You could use AppShopper to be notified of discounts of specific apps you are looking for. AppShopper works with iOS apps as well as Mac App Store apps. You can have it email you when a price changes, or you can install one of their iOS clients and have a push notification sent to you.

The nice thing about it is that you don't have to have the app running (or remember to run the app once a day) in order to be notified of price changes; it just sends you alerts whenever something happens.

If you are specifically looking for free apps, you can setup the email feature and then add a rule which deletes emails from AppShopper which don't contain "free" in their subject.

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After having tried both, I find I'm using store news more frequently. – Adam Davis Apr 18 '12 at 15:23

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