Windows Store has more apps, more downloads than Mac App Store

Things are already looking good for the Windows Store just a month after its official launch, with the Store reportedly having not only more apps than the rival Mac App Store on OS X, but also more downloads for the most popular apps. According to a report from Distimo, the Windows Store's 21,000 apps is already larger than the Mac App Store's 13,000 apps despite the latter marketplace being open for close to two years now.

More importantly, for the top 300 apps on each respective Store, the Windows Store's daily download volume is three times larger than that of the Mac App Store. That said, Distimo notes that the Mac App Store receives five times the rate of paid application downloads daily; however this could be due to the fact that 84% of all Mac App Store apps are paid compared to just 14% in the Windows Store.

A few other important statistics were noted about the Windows Store in the report:

  • The Windows Store is the largest launching app store of all time
  • Only 65% of all apps on the Store are available in North America; this is most likely due to localized content for countries such as Japan
  • The average price for all applications is $13.32 in the overall Store, which increases to $14.29 for desktop apps and is just $4.87 for ARM-supporting applications. In the Mac App Store the average price is $12.55
  • Out of the 80 countries with access to the Store, on average 10% of the top 300 apps are locally popular only. This is considerably higher in non-English speaking countries such as Japan (41%) and Korea (30%)
  • Microsoft Studios is the most popular Windows Store publisher worldwide

You can check out the full report on the Windows Store, which is available for free after filling in a form, here.

Source: Distimo

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Ahmed Alrasheed said,
comparison isn't fair, win8 is competing with the ipad's store, not MAC
I would think it competes with both since the Windows Store has both desktop as well as metro apps.

georgevella said,
I would think it competes with both since the Windows Store has both desktop as well as metro apps.

No, I think only Metro apps are in the Windows 8 store. These Metro Apps, although can be used with keyboard/mouse, but are more well-suited with touch/gestures on a surface/tablet.

Ahmed Alrasheed said,
comparison isn't fair, win8 is competing with the ipad's store, not MAC

Nobody ever said Windows 8 is competing with MAC cosmetics.

Ahmed Alrasheed said,
comparison isn't fair, win8 is competing with the ipad's store, not MAC

Considering there are 21,129 apps available for x86/x64 desktops it's a completely fair comparison. Comparing the 19,657 ARM apps with the iPad store is fair as well.

szo said,

No, I think only Metro apps are in the Windows 8 store. These Metro Apps, although can be used with keyboard/mouse, but are more well-suited with touch/gestures on a surface/tablet.

Yes there are. Lightroom is in there so is WinZip, among others. They are marked as "Desktop Apps". Store simply forwards you to the publisher's site to buy the software.

szo said,

No, I think only Metro apps are in the Windows 8 store. These Metro Apps, although can be used with keyboard/mouse, but are more well-suited with touch/gestures on a surface/tablet.

You are completely wrong. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Store read the second sentence. One can list a link and price for a desktop (x86/x64) app in the Store. Your point is further seen as moot when it is observed how much OSX is like iOS now. For example, apps start from the Launch Pad, just like a mobile device.

It's funny to see all these Apple iFans troll Windows 8 for trying to merge devices that shouldn't be merged, but OSX becomes more like iOS with every update.

Mulsivaas said,
You are completely wrong. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Store read the second sentence. One can list a link and price for a desktop (x86/x64) app in the Store. Your point is further seen as moot when it is observed how much OSX is like iOS now. For example, apps start from the Launch Pad, just like a mobile device.

It's funny to see all these Apple iFans troll Windows 8 for trying to merge devices that shouldn't be merged, but OSX becomes more like iOS with every update.

I wasn't trolling! I use windows 8 too, but thanks for your clarification! Regarding OS X becoming like iOS, there are only little things like LaunchPad and notification center. You can easily disable them and not have to use them. There is no giant start screen blocking the normal dock methods of launching apps. Furthermore, Alfred is way better than anything else!

still1 said,
who F'in care. mac is way better than w8

Since Apple doesn't care about their customers enough to support my C2D Mac Mini, to me OSX is complete trash. But don't worry, Microsoft cares enough to let me install Windows on it.

nohone said,

Since Apple doesn't care about their customers enough to support my C2D Mac Mini, to me OSX is complete trash. But don't worry, Microsoft cares enough to let me install Windows on it.


And THAT is the beauty of Windows.

still1 said,
who F'in care. mac is way better than w8

The same people who use store numbers to say why Windows Phone is a failure... iTroll will always be an iTroll.

Lead Wirst said,

The same people who use store numbers to say why Windows Phone is a failure... iTroll will always be an iTroll.

iTroll.. talk to other members in this forum who call me apple hater.
if you dont like something i say then you call them hater??? i dont even own a single apple product.

CSharp. said,

You're right about the last two, but the regular Angry Birds isn't on there, I don't think (not that it matters, as far as I'm concerned).

You can get the Intel App Up Store, which IS available on Windows Store. Intel App Up has the original angry birds. You can also download the original angry birds for Windows from the Angry birds website.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

You can get the Intel App Up Store, which IS available on Windows Store. Intel App Up has the original angry birds. You can also download the original angry birds for Windows from the Angry birds website.


Storeception!

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

You can get the Intel App Up Store, which IS available on Windows Store. Intel App Up has the original angry birds. You can also download the original angry birds for Windows from the Angry birds website.


Yeah. That's true, I guess.

This is pretty good news. Hope this will attract more developers.
However, this news seems hurt iFans' feeling ....

Mohitster said,
Big Deal! Windows has far too many hundred million users than OSX.

This article isn;t about "Windows" though, it's about the Windows Store which is exclusive to Windows 8.

Troll harder.

TCLN Ryster said,

This article isn;t about "Windows" though, it's about the Windows Store which is exclusive to Windows 8.

Troll harder.

I got mixed up in windows and windows 8. Big Deal!!

Not every comment you don't like or seems right is a trolled one!

Albert said,
translation - less choices on windows store. so fanboys download more garbages. lmao.

Fewer choices on Windows Store? Clearly you missed the part where the Windows Store contains nearly twice as many apps as the Mac App Store.

You have fewer choices in the Mac App Store.

rfirth said,
Fewer choices on Windows Store?

Well, fewer choice as far as quality-apps are concerned. Ones that are actually noteworthy. There's simply no comparison in that respect. I think we can agree that Microsoft and its developer community are going to have to work on that.

rfirth said,

Fewer choices on Windows Store? Clearly you missed the part where the Windows Store contains nearly twice as many apps as the Mac App Store.

You have fewer choices in the Mac App Store.

There are a ton of apps that are orientated towards mobile devices (like flashlight apps) and apps which are basically replacements for using a web site that don't appear in the Mac App Store.

Albert said,
translation - less choices on windows store. so fanboys download more garbages. lmao.

We have officially entered into the "Baghdad Bob" phase now. Yesterday there was the guy who insisted that Surface was made entirely of plastic, and the iPad which is metal and therefore better. The claims that there is only junk apps on the Windows store, while everything on the iOS/OSX/Android stores are crowning achievements of application quality. And now when the entire article is about how there are more apps on the Windows store than the Mac store, well, there are more apps on the Mac store, and don't you dare question my opinion.

Yes, there are some junk apps on the Windows store, just like there are on the Mac store. The difference is, this quickly after release (a month and 2 day), the number of quality apps on the Windows store easily eclipses the number of apps total on the Mac store.

Of course, we are now back to where we were before iPhone OS 2. Where the Apple contingent were crying that it is not the number of apps, it is the quality of apps. See, back in the old days, the Mac faithful would scoff at Windows, because they said that, yea, there were millions of apps for Windows and relatively few for Mac, but the Mac apps were all of quality, while there were only a few good apps for Windows. Those who fail to learn from history...

nohone said,
the number of quality apps on the Windows store easily eclipses the number of apps total on the Mac store.

Sorry, but that's simply being delusional. We seem to live in different realities if you really believe that.

CSharp. said,

Sorry, but that's simply being delusional. We seem to live in different realities if you really believe that.

It is my opinion it is. Of course since my Mac, a C2D, is no longer supported by Apple so I long ago installed Windows on it, I can't say for sure. But that never stopped many of the people who trash the Windows store or WP store. People don't need to look in those stores to see the quality apps that are there, they just assume that they are all junk, just as they did before the iPhone got apps.

nohone said,

It is my opinion it is. Of course since my Mac, a C2D, is no longer supported by Apple so I long ago installed Windows on it, I can't say for sure.


You don't have to have access to the MAS to make that assessment. You're claiming that upwards of 60% of what's available on the Windows Store could be considered quality apps. Like I said, not in my reality...

Albert "iTroll" said,
translation - less choices on windows store. so fanboys download more garbages. lmao.

HAHAHA look at Windows Phone Marketplace, it's empty, even though there are 100k+ apps in it. I won't by Windows Phone due to lack of Apps.

Now, quantity doesn't matter, it's all about kuality.

Lead Wirst said,
HAHAHA look at Windows Phone Marketplace, it's empty, even though there are 100k+ apps in it. I won't by Windows Phone due to lack of Apps.

Now, quantity doesn't matter, it's all about kuality.

What apps am I missing so desperately that you on your fancy App[le] Store or Play Store are rolling in? Dig deep now, I know you will.