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Where does the Mac App Store install its applications to? Is this a system-wide location, or somewhere inside my Home directory? Is it possible to use the App Store on machines where I am not a System Administrator (just like I can currently install almost all applications I manually download by putting them in ~/Applications instead of /Applications)?

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Corollary: Does it support multiple users with their own iTunes accounts on the same computer? –  Thilo Jan 7 '11 at 2:20
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Yes.

Apps are installed to the usual /Applications folder. Non-admin users can browse the store, but they will need an admin username/password to install apps. Source: Help menu of App Store/Purchase Applications/Buy, download, and install applications/To buy, download, and install an application:/Step 4.

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That's what I was afraid of. Can you still have applications from multiple users (with multiple iTunes accounts) on a shared computer (assuming they all have the admin password)? –  Thilo Jan 7 '11 at 2:42
    
@Thilo: I haven't seen this specified. I'm sure people will test this, and we'll see reports soon enough. –  Nathan Greenstein Jan 7 '11 at 3:30
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on lion you do not need admin to download and install apps to the application folder… unfortunately you can not delete them

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