In the 9 short months that Apple's App Store has been up and running, iPhone and iPod touch users have downloaded applications from the very useful to the very useless. Today, the guys from Cupertino celebrated the 1,000,000,000 app downloaded from the store. While sites selling applications were familiar to hard core BlackBerry and Windows Mobile users, Apple made the App Store more user friendly and the touchscreen iPhone and iPod touch fell out to be perfect devices for downloading games and novelty applications like iBeer and numerous fart machines. Some games, like Super Monkey Ball, take advantage of the devices' accelerometer to make the game more challenging.
With the success of the App Store, we have seen other cellphone manufacturers and carriers offer similar central online locations allowing phone users to find free and paid apps. RIM recently debuted
the App World for their BlackBerry devices, Android owners can go to the Android Market and even Microsoft is to offer Marketplace application center for Windows Mobile users. Any of these stores will be hard-pressed to deliver the same number of downloads as Apple has done over such a short life span.