Apple's App Store: 1.8 billion downloads and counting

Apple's App Store: 1.8 billion downloads and counting
It is an amazing achievement. Since the introduction of Apple's App Store in July 2008, 1.8 billion downloads have been delivered to iPhone and iPod Touch users. It seems like just yesterday when we were counting down to the 1 billionth download. To reach the current number, the App Store would have to process 3000 apps per minute, a staggering statistic to wrap your brain around. Of course it helps to have 30 million iPhones sold in the last 2+ years that are capable of adding apps purchased from the store.

Right now there are about 75,000 applications to choose from in the App Store, a figure that is much higher than the "merchandise" for sale at other stores like RIM's App World and the Android Market. When Windows Mobile 6.5 is launched October 6th, it will include the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Microsoft's attempt to join the parade.

Starting with a humble total of 500 apps at launch, the Apple App Store has grown into a real revenue producer for Apple, and some lucky third party developers. It has also changed the course of where the cellphone industry was heading, turning phones into mini-computers and making an on-device app store a feature that almost every smartphone buyer requests.

source: Mashable

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