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App Store opens, 500+ applications, 25% free [updated]

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Apple has officially opened the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch applications. In an interview with the New York Times, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed that 25% of the first 500 applications available on the store are free, and of the commercial applications, 90% are selling for $9.99 or less. In addition, a third of all the initial applications are games. “The reaction we have gotten so far has been really strong,” Jobs said. “The quality and the sophistication of the applications you can write for the iPhone is in a different class.” He added that Apple is not trying to make large sums of money selling iPhone applications, instead using the store as a way to “sell more iPhones.” The App Store can currently be accessed through a link at the bottom of iTunes 7.7’s “Application” section.

Update: Apple has added a direct App Store link to the iTunes Store’s side menu, along with a promo image at the top of the main iTunes Store page.

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Now if only 7.7 was available…
Probably tomorrow.

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 10, 2008 at 8:13 AM (CDT)

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I got my iTunes 7.7. All I need now is the new firmware

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 10, 2008 at 8:15 AM (CDT)

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Italy here, and I have 7.7 but the App Store is still not available, as per the alert iTunes returns when clicking on the mentioned link

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 10, 2008 at 8:24 AM (CDT)

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Atlanta, GA here, and I have 7.7 but no App Store either…..the suspense is killer.

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 10, 2008 at 9:07 AM (CDT)

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If you actually search for an application name in the normal iTunes Store, it’ll find it.  Click on it, then near the top you’ll see the “breadcrumb” navigation bar, and the one on the left will say “AppStore”.  Click on it to see the full AppStore.

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 10, 2008 at 9:16 AM (CDT)

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UPDATE….I found the App Store.  After you download the iTunes update, you’ll have an Applications icon under the library.  Click on Applications and it will take you to a screen that shows all of your current purchases.  On the bottom right of the same screen, you’ll see an option to “get more applications”, and there you go…...

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 10, 2008 at 9:51 AM (CDT)

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He added that Apple is not trying to make large sums of money selling iPhone applications, instead using the store as a way to “sell more iPhones.”

LOL! If that were true: Why doesn’t he subsidize developers’ costs, and take less than 30% of their money?

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 10, 2008 at 7:23 PM (CDT)

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