Since announcing the iPad, Apple seems to be on a rampage when it comes to their app approval process. They've managed to tack on an additional 10,000 in the 16 days following the iPad announcement – hitting yet another new milestone as they reached the 150,000 applications mark this week. The App Store now contains approximately 27,000 books and over 28,000 games – generating in excess of over 3 billion downloads since its birth back in July of 2008. When the App Store was examined back in December 2008, it was calculated that 22 percent of the available 10,000 application at that time were provided as free by developers. Now according to analytics company Distimo, the 150,000 apps on the App Store has a ratio of 75 percent paid applications to the 25 percent free ones. When you compare those figure to what the Android Market offers, it has a ratio of 60 percent paid to 40 percent free. Now that Apple unveiled the iPad, we may soon see rise to a new generation of applications awaiting potential users – with that, the App Store's success will undoubtedly continue to grow.
via BGR & TechCrunch