App Store: 15,000 apps and 500m downloads

Apple Inc. is celebrating a huge App Store milestone: 500 million downloads, and over 15,000 apps in the store.

The announcement is proudly displayed on the Apple home page, showcasing some of the most popular apps. Apple launched the App Store just six months ago, on July 11, 2008. The store started with 552 applications and a slew of problems. Developers staged boycots and complained about the Non-Disclosure Agreement which held them back from sharing information or code, followed by complaints about alphabetical ordering on the App Store (application names would cleverly start with a space to promote them to the top), and most recently, rejected apps due to either duplicating iPhone/iPod Touch functionality or "limited utility".

Apple has addressed all of these concerns, bringing limitations to a minimum. Ever since, the sheer number of applications has increased exponentially. Developers are making hundreds of thousands of dollars on even the most simple paid applications. Also interesting to note is that the App Store has grown 27x the size of what it was on launch day. That's a lot of apps!

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How many apps from the appstore are crappy apps ? And I'd like to know how many of these downloads were paid apps ...
The Reality Distortion field has struck again ...

I had an Ipod Touch mate and I never saw one app really useful to me, that's why I gave it to my sister. So I think I can do a valid judgement on this usual PR stunt coming from Apple.

Well this is Apple creating the hype you see. I think they have done well the iphone owns man and im defo not an apple fanboy. I think apple do terrible with sound quality I just love the user experience i get from my iphone.

So the "experience" (which I would hope includes voice calls) is great but the voice quality isn't? Hhmmm... seems that would be an important factor in a device that provides voice communication.

So? WinMo or Palm must have had their 1 billionth download, considering how long they've been in the market, the many thousands of applications, the quantity of phones, etc. Yet nobody cares about that.

Not when the App Store achieved all this on only six months, before which the iPhone came out of absolutely nowhere and in only a short time Apple has become the world's third largest mobile phone supplier.

Well, Quik, other companies are busy getting the job done rather than bragging about a number that has yet to be verified or proven. As LTD has pointed out, no Apple fan will question it so they are happy to highlight it on their front page.

C_Guy said,
Well, Quik, other companies are busy getting the job done rather than bragging about a number that has yet to be verified or proven. As LTD has pointed out, no Apple fan will question it so they are happy to highlight it on their front page.

Save for Palm, others clearly haven't been getting the job done. Apple caught them sleeping at the wheel. The result is the iPhone capturing the #1 spot in the US smartphone market in no time at all. That's pretty significant. Experienced players already in the market were absolutely embarrassed by what Apple brought to the table - so much so, that the rest of the industry is scrambling to copy the iPhone. What's even more embarrassing is that even when players like RIM actually make an effort, they end up falling flat on their face. They just don't get it. It isn't about copying the iPhone, it's about copying Apple's standards, business model, priorities regarding interface design, and attention to detail. You need to copy the work ethic and passion first.

Palm is really the only viable contender. And they've come up with something that looks quite nice. And it might even see the light of day, unless they're angling for a buyout.

As for the 500 million app figure . . . given the iPhone's popularity it's certainly plausible. And Apple certainly should advertise their success. Let them rub the competitions nose in it. This is war.

LTD said,
Save for Palm, others clearly haven't been getting the job done. Apple caught them sleeping at the wheel. The result is the iPhone capturing the #1 spot in the US smartphone market in no time at all. That's pretty significant. Experienced players already in the market were absolutely embarrassed by what Apple brought to the table - so much so, that the rest of the industry is scrambling to copy the iPhone. What's even more embarrassing is that even when players like RIM actually make an effort, they end up falling flat on their face. They just don't get it. It isn't about copying the iPhone, it's about copying Apple's standards, business model, priorities regarding interface design, and attention to detail. You need to copy the work ethic and passion first.

Palm is really the only viable contender. And they've come up with something that looks quite nice. And it might even see the light of day, unless they're angling for a buyout.

As for the 500 million app figure . . . given the iPhone's popularity it's certainly plausible. And Apple certainly should advertise their success. Let them rub the competitions nose in it. This is war.

But if you look at the sales figures, apple where doing crap until they mega price dropped the iphone as they knew no one would purchase it at such an expensive price.
Also you do realise the sales figures DONT include business purchases, as most blackburrys and WINMOB phones are purchased by companys

I'd like to see the math behind that hype. Did everyone that bought an iPhone buy every app on the store multiple times?

Apple announced in October 2008 that it surpassed its goal of 10 million iPhone sales in that calendar year.

So just taking that 10 million figure by itself, factoring in about 16 apps on a page, with 9 pages in total . .

Conservatively, let's say the average user fills up only 2 pages with downloaded apps. That's 32 apps for the average user. And a lot of these apps might be free, so the incentive is there. Multiply that by 10 million. That's already 320 million apps. Given that the App Store is so popular and given the likelihood that a good number of users download 3-4 pages' worth, while some even max out to 9 pages . . . you see where this is going.

LTD said,
Apple announced in October 2008 that it surpassed its goal of 10 million iPhone sales in that calendar year.

So just taking that 10 million figure by itself, factoring in about 16 apps on a page, with 9 pages in total . .

Conservatively, let's say the average user fills up only 2 pages with downloaded apps. That's 32 apps for the average user. And a lot of these apps might be free, so the incentive is there. Multiply that by 10 million. That's already 320 million apps. Given that the App Store is so popular and given the likelihood that a good number of users download 3-4 pages' worth, while some even max out to 9 pages . . . you see where this is going.

Nice stats. Still don't believe them. In fact, you make me believe them less.

GreyWolfSC said,

Nice stats. Still don't believe them. In fact, you make me believe them less.

You can always find out for yourself.

LTD said,

You can always find out for yourself.

Where, from Apple? They're known to fib. Their "infinite loop" is so tightly controlled that they issue whatever numbers they think looks good to people like you. I'd prefer a corroborating market report.

GreyWolfSC said,

Where, from Apple? They're known to fib. Their "infinite loop" is so tightly controlled that they issue whatever numbers they think looks good to people like you. I'd prefer a corroborating market report.

Feel free to look it up. And while you're at it you should probably open up the Task Manager and force quit tinfoilhat.exe.