It's not official, because it's not a number that Apple
has published, but it's seemingly confirmed by two different counts. That means it will likely be one of the items that Steve Jobs uses to preface the "real content" of Apple's Sept. 1 event.
According to 148Apps.biz
, the U.S. App Store
passed the quarter million milestone on Friday. That was two years and 49 days after it opened. As of Saturday morning, 148Apps.biz's count (which doesn't include apps only available overseas), sat at 251,007 applications from 50,304 publishers. AppShopper.com
keeps a similar list, and it has a total of 253,777 apps, including 24,334 iPad apps.
Of course, at this point, we know there's a ton of fart apps, risque noise apps, and other useless dross in there. Nowadays, it's not about quantity, but quality. Simple numbers don't mean much any longer.
On the other hand, there are differences between the makeup of the two store. According to an analysis posted by Royal Pingdom on Friday, about 70 percent of the apps in the App Store are paid (not free) apps. Meanwhile, on Google's Android Market
, 64 percent are free.