Apple's App Store hits three billion downloads

Apple's App Store continues to grow by the day; nearly 100 days since their previous announcement of two billion downloads reached, the company has revealed that they have already hit three billion. With 98 days and one billion app downloads, that means Apple now sells 350 apps per second.

CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, stated in a press release, "Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months -- this is like nothing we've ever seen before. The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon." AppleInsider noted how high of a count this is; 350 apps per second means just over 10 million apps a day.

This milestone certainly wouldn't possible without the vast number of apps available on the store for download. About three months ago, Apple stated that it had hit 100,000 apps, and the website AppShopper now notes that there are 128,249 apps readily available for purchase. It'll be interesting to see how this number grows now that there are many more iPhone competitors available, with Google announcing their Nexus One earlier today, though Apple will no doubt have another iPhone ready for release in about six months.

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what said,
Because it is information about recent events.

That solely in itself is not enough to constitute worthy of "news" (to my understanding events that are merely recent should be placed on Twitter) - or at least not as the word pertains to the notion of publishing worthwhile information to a large mass. An important factor of "news worthiness" is the importance of the information.... Importance is of course highly subjective, and in its simplest understanding is related to the number of people "who care", if no-one cares it is probably not important and thus not "news".


A bigger problem with this news article is the reliability of the source. Referencing another site does not mean in the slightest the content is reliable - especially considering I see no reference to where the information came from apart from suggestion it was said. As Appleinsider is a site that thrives on rumour and not fact, and is not a reputable source in itself, this shouldn't be suggested as being anything close to fact. Similarly Wikipedia, The News of the World (UK) etc. have a bad reputation for original information so should not be regarded as fact, but the content it references can come from much more reliable and respected sources. The quality of a source is pretty much gauged on the evidence it puts forward or the reputation of the source.

Could be a lot. Not because they may be deleting the recently downloaded app, but because they may be deleting another. The iPhone is in serous need of an overhaul regarding the Springboard. I've been at the app limit for a few months. I've resorted to installing new apps and finding them via Spotlight.

Though, you're probably referring to the usefulness or quality of the apps. They're good. I'm hesitant to move to another phone because of the standard of quality that I've become accustomed to.

not to start anything but... Apple can keep there 'generally' overpriced items as there's basically a alternative to most of there products at a cheaper price that's sometimes better.

ThaCrip said,
not to start anything but... Apple can keep there 'generally' overpriced items as there's basically a alternative to most of there products at a cheaper price that's sometimes better.

Some examples would be nice

There are many items in the app store that are free so don't really see how they are overpriced. Yes some do cost money e.g. sat nav but development is not free someone has to bear the cost.

No, if they did it'd be drastically higher. They only count new downloads, free or purchased. I would be interested in the number of purchased applications. But something tells me its much much lower.

Xero said,
No, if they did it'd be drastically higher. They only count new downloads, free or purchased. I would be interested in the number of purchased applications. But something tells me its much much lower.


I don't mind spending a 50p or so for a nice little app, when you're getting to £2 or so, its going to have to be a app that I am going to be using a lot.

That is all down to the app makers nothing to do with apple.

Yea for sure. I was just meaning the overall number low price or high would be substantially lower than including free applications. But like you said, most rare cheap enough I don't really think twice about it. I spend more than the average person I'd say though. As a developer myself I like supporting others.

My only problem with the App Store price model is it kinda forces you to price it lower than the quality of the software. But at the end of the day its a mobile application not some heavy duty desktop application so the price should be lower.

"we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon."
-- He means Google Nexus.
"Apple now sells 350 apps per second" many download the app for free.

I think he meant everyone, not just Google. Nearly every smartphone has their own App Store now, none are doing as well.

warwagon said,
There is an app for that.


lol, when i read the news title, i said to my self, i bet some noob has written "There is an app for that." and sure enough, first post!!