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App Store: 500 million downloads, 15,000 apps

Apple has announced via an image on the homepage of that the App Store has now seen more than 500 million downloads since its launch on July 11, 2008. In addition, the image reveals that there are now more than 15,000 applications available from the online store. Although the image states that “iPhone users have downloaded an incredible 500 million” apps, it is assumed that this number encompasses both iPhone and iPod touch users, and that downloads also includes post-purchase updates. On December 5, Apple announced the store had passed the 300 million download milestone, meaning that users have downloaded at least 200 million apps in the five weeks since, compared to the six weeks it took the store to go from 200 million to 300 million downloads.


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YAY! They should celebrate by releasing the 32gb model….ALREADY!!

Posted by Ron on January 16, 2009 at 11:45 AM (CST)



Posted by ron on January 16, 2009 at 11:45 AM (CST)


Why would you assume “downloads also includes post-purchase updates”? I think it does not. The releases imply the downloads are for apps not updates.

It would be very deceiving to say “users have downloaded an incredible 500 million” and not have the invisible noun be ‘apps”.
It would also be far less impressive if 500M includes repeated attempts to install a single app, multiple (and minor) version updates per app, etc. and the actual total of apps downloaded were around 200M or so.

Posted by dherb on January 16, 2009 at 2:03 PM (CST)


I am pretty sure it has to include the updates cause whenever I go to update something it gives me that message of are you sure you wanna buy this? or something to that effect which means iTunes sees it as a purchase.

And even if the number of buys really was 200 million that is still alot of buys. Think of it this way…if each buy was a dollar then 200 million dollars is a ton of money.

Posted by Mike Coogan on January 17, 2009 at 12:14 AM (CST)


dherb needs to lightent up.

What a shock. The most popular smart phone in the world has far outpaced anything that anyone could have predicted or imagined. Actually, it’s not a smart phone. It’s a pocket PC that makes phone calls.

Yet there are still those who are straining to convince us that this is just a fad, or something that doesn’t represent reality. If nothing else, these people are redefining what it’s like to be psychotic.

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion; no one is entitled to his own facts.

Fact is, the iPhone/iPod has very much surpassed anything that anyone ever imagined. Everyone else in this game is devoting all their resources to catching up. Good look with that.

Both experienced and novice software developers are now virtual instant millionaires simply by offering something appealing on the app store. That’s incredible. It’s a phenomenon that we’ve never before seen in our lifetime. Teenagers are making millions doing this. And those who aren’t are expressing their bitterness over standing on the sidelines.

When I read things about such people, and when I know that this is factual, I very much tire reading things from people who go out of their way to persuade me that this platform is nothing more than a flash in the pan.

So many of you simply need to grow up. And quickly, for your own sake.

Posted by SkateNY on January 17, 2009 at 5:43 AM (CST)


These big numbers means nothing.

1. People download apps but nobody can count the apps that those people keep on their toys.
2. At least 90% (possible more) of those 15000 apps is crap (too buggy, overpriced, lack-of-support, cluttered/ugly interface, not usefull, ...)
3. There’s the hype.

I like the idea of an appstore but it’s more like a crapstore. The number of great, beautiful and well-designed apps is very very limited… the majority looks more like a quick way to make some money (skip design, pack a lot of (useless) features, forget the usability check, ship it and wait untill somebody buys the overpriced crappy app… ask some ‘friends’ to rate the app and write a nice review)

I prefer 1000 apps by really decent passionate devs above the 15000 anytime.

Posted by Calvin on January 18, 2009 at 9:10 AM (CST)


The App Store is looking like my e-mailbox ... every so often there is something worthwhile to look at, but there is a lot of junk to wade through in order to see it. I think it is a great concept, but the explosive growth an lack of critical review seems to de-value it.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on January 19, 2009 at 1:53 PM (CST)

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