Yesterday, we wished
a Happy Birthday to Apple's App Store as the very successful on-device store turned one year old. Now, we have some statistics that only serve to put an exclamation mark on the achievements made by the birthday boy (girl?). So far, over 1.5 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store. There are over 100,000 developers hawking more than 65,000 apps. With about 40 million iPhones and iPod touch devices sold, this works out to about 37.5 apps downloaded for each device. Each app has been selected 23,077 times. And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this one year old should feel very proud as the App Store has spawned other stores on other platforms like RIM's App World, the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, the Ovi Store and the Android Market to name just a few. Quite a lot of accomplishments for a toddler.