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Is anyone doubting that app stores are the future? Google's Android Market is now home to tens of thousands of applications, and Apple's App Store is home to even more. Rivals like LG and Samsung have also looked at creating their own stores, and Apple is even bringing an app store to their desktop operating system. You could argue that Apple sparked the app store revolution with iOS (formerly iPhone OS), and the spoils of being "first" are becoming more and more obvious.


This weekend, Apple announced that over 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store. It's crazy when you realize that they hit 1 billion in 2009, so an extra 9 billion have been downloaded in less than 2 years! This figure includes downloads by over 160 million iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users worldwide, with the 10 billionth app being Paper Glider. That was downloaded by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK, and he'll be getting a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card for being the lucky winner.

To date, Apple's App Store holds over 350,000 total apps. That's an insane library, and when you realize that 60,000 of them are optimized for iPad, it's hard to imagine any other tablet maker really taking a huge chunk of Apple's slate market share in the near term. With 2011 being the year of the tablet, we guess we'll have time to see...


Apple’s App Store Downloads Top 10 Billion

CUPERTINO, California—January 22, 2011—Apple® today announced that more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store? by the more than 160 million iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ users worldwide. The 10 billionth app downloaded, Paper Glider, was purchased by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive a $10,000 iTunes® Gift Card.

“With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years—a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone—the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet.”

The revolutionary App Store offers more than 350,000 apps to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users in 90 countries around the world, with more than 60,000 native iPad apps available. App Store customers can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 9:55 AM

10 billion apps is nothing. I've probably downloaded 10 billion security patches for Windows all by myself.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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realneil replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 11:02 AM

3vi1:
10 billion apps is nothing. I've probably downloaded 10 billion security patches for Windows all by myself.

Smart-Ass! HAHAHAHA!

"As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card."

10K,.........That's a hell of a lot of songs,.....can you buy other stuff too?

An iWater Heater, or an iWashing Machine Set, would be cool. 

iSecond Hand Car?

 

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 11:12 AM

Bazinga.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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coolice replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 11:59 AM

$10,000 i tunes card.... Perhaps he'd contribute to the 11'th billion app sale.

But 10 billion is no easy feat.... its a HUGE number. Regardless of how much i hate apple.... the music industry should learn something from here and start evolving. Its all these OWG's (old white guys) in the music industry who still cant understand that money can be made with something intangible, like, a series of 1's and 0's.

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coolice replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 12:00 PM

** i shouldnt say hate apple.... Dislike apple is more like it... or, not a fan of apple.

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realneil replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 12:29 PM

You can hate them if you want to. They could care less,........Smile

But their business model is absolutely sound. Steve's a Fart Smeller,...uh, I mean a Smart Feller.

They make a crap-load of money because of groundbreaking ideas or their own peculiar application of mediocre ideas that people seem to like. It doesn't matter how they get the cash as long as they do it.

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coolice replied on Sun, Jan 23 2011 3:18 PM

hahahah.... "a fart smeller" I ACTUALLY read that as Smart Feller!! the first time and then i saw the "uh, I mean a Smart Feller"

Well, i agree that some of their products are ground breaking, But, almost 3/4ths of their stuff is rebranded with added layers of simplicity (facetime, iphone/mp3 player combo, network music/ sharing, appleTV, plus tons more i cant think of) .... and you know what, its great. I'm actually glad apple exists and makes a ton of money. It makes the other companies work even harder to come out with better products at lower prizes. I'm not complaining one bit.

If the iphone never came out, i'd still be, most likely using a Symbian OS powered phone, probably from Nokia as Motorola would not have created the Milestone.

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