Which do I use App Store or iTunes?

macOS and Mac Apps

I've been using iPhones since the 4s but only recently began to really use my Mac computers. Today I wanted to get Google Drive for the Mac. I first opened the App Store from the Apple menu and searched for "Google Drive". I found something called "Google Drive App" which wasn't from Google and wasn't free. I then used the link in the Applevis App directory for Google Drive to open iTunes and get Google Drive. This worked but I'm confused.

Which should I use when I want programs/applications for my Mac, iTunes or the Apple Store? If either are usable, which should I use when?

Thanks for any help and apologies for the "nudie" question.



Submitted by Dave Nason on Friday, February 12, 2016

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hi, you use the App Store to download Mac apps. Only iOS apps are in iTunes as far as I know.
Some apps aren't in the App Store though, and need to be downloaded from the Internet. Google Drive is not in the App Store. Just go into Safari and google it.

Submitted by Justin on Saturday, February 13, 2016

As the previous comment says, yes mac apps are in the app store. iTunes is only used for music/videos iPhone syncing. If you use iTunes that's only for iOS apps. Also, some apps are available from sites like Macupdate, as well as others.