You can buy older versions of OS X from third parties because they came on physical media. You can't buy 10.7 because it only comes from Apple as a download.
I won't be a BIT surprised if there's a TORRENT of abuse hurled at Apple for their ISO-lation of loyal users who now have to HUNT for alternatives.
ive been saying this for a week now. its mind boggling that they would shut out people with non 10.8 compatible hardware from being able to get 10.7
in the past they have often made copies of older OSes available if you call and talk to apple support. i wonder if that will the case here....if you call some agent can authorize a lion download in your app store.
if not there are going to be a LOT of people who just got rogered
If you previously purchased lion, it should be available to download under the purchases window of the AppStore Mac app.
Otherwise the only real option will be to find an alternative source. Not sure why apple wouldn't leave a hidden link so it could be purchased cause it is still on their servers somewhere.
On a side note, generally people who didn't upgrade to lion will probably stick with snow leopard or whatever they are running. So maybe that was what apple was thinking to avoid confusion and stop people from downloading the wrong OS from the AppStore.
For a legal alternative you could look on eBay for a rare authentic USB stick with lion on it.
Intentional or not, I suspect Lions unavailability will be temporary. I think Apple may be trying to prod users into adopting Mountain Lion, but when enough users who are not capable of running ML decide or a forced to use Lion, Apple will make it available.
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they removed my lion purchase from my account. i cant see it any more.
wish they hadn't done that.. but I did make an USB key.. hope I never loose that key.
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It's not showing up for me when I option-click purchases. I purchased it last year and installed it on on iMac and a MacBook but not my wife's MacBook. Can't create a thumb drive if I can't do the magic conjuring spell to make it appear. Would have been nice if Apple had given some forewarning about this. Marketing by stealth is fine before a new product release, but not for customer support.
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