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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