The App Store Hits Two Billion Downloads

The App Store Hits Two Billion Downloads

One has to wonder, given the growth of App Store downloads for the iPhone and iPod touch, if the App Store could ever pass McDonald's in terms of those "served." Obviously, it would seem eating would outdo even the iPhone, but still, you never know ... at any rate, on Monday, Apple announced App Store downloads have surpassed 2 billion, and applications are now at 85,000.

To imagine the pace at which downloads are happening, remember the numbers Apple gave at the new iPod announcement on Sept. 9th, Apple reported that the App Store had over 75,000 applications and 1.8 billion downloads. So in 19 days, the App Store has added over 10,000 apps and users have downloaded an additional 200 million applications. That's more than 10 million downloads a day during that timespan.

More numbers: last December, Apple announced the App Store had reached 300 million downloads. So over the last 9 - 10 months the downloads have nearly shot up sevenfold.

Apple also added that there are more than 50 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide and over 125,000 developers in Apple’s iPhone Developer Program. In a statement, CEO Steve Jobs said:
“The rate of App Store downloads continues to accelerate with users downloading a staggering two billion apps in just over a year, including more than half a billion apps this quarter alone. The App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it.”
Wait, "I'm lovin' it," isn't that an old McDonald's slogan? Another McDonald's coincidence. It's time to start a pool on the next billion downloads, we think.
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Last time I checked, McDonalds had served over 99 billion (real number is most likely several times this).

App store has a way to go. But considering that Apple gets a cut of every app that's sold, Steve Jobs is making a killing.

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gibbersome:

Last time I checked, McDonalds had served over 99 billion (real number is most likely several times this).

App store has a way to go. But considering that Apple gets a cut of every app that's sold, Steve Jobs is making a killing.

For some reason I thought of the McDonalds' signs that say that too.  Weird.

It's rather impressive though.  More and more people I know are getting iPhones so the amount of downloads is really a testament that not only are they selling, but people love them enough to keep downloading apps.

 

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I was gonna let it go, since it was a rhetorical question, but the true answer is that Apple would never have even a ghost of a chance of catching McDonalds.

McDonalds had sold their 1 billionth burger by 1963. The rate of sale climbed, as the chain grew and was noted as "60+ billion" by 1986. They quit counting in 1994.

Today, McDonalds has over 47 million daily customers. Therefore, it takes McDonalds less than a month to add another "billion served".

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Haha, while we have killed the comparison to McDonalds, we shouldn't ignore the fact that the App store is hugely successful and a cash cow for Apple.

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Its funny, wonder how many of those apps get deleted...

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