iTunes App Store surpasses 1.5 Billion downloads, over 65,000 apps

Tue, Jul 14, 2009


The iTunes App Store is a force that seemingly can’t be stopped.   Today Apple announced that the app store had surpassed over 1.5 Billion downloads and now contains more than 65,000 apps from over 100,000 developers.

Impressively, downloads from the iTunes App Store aren’t just growing, they’re accelerating.  It took Apple about 6 months to reach 500 Million downloaded apps while the next 500 Million downloads took only 3 months.  Since then, the app store has amassed 500 Million more downloads in less than 3 months.

By way of comparison, it took nearly 3 years before the Billionth song was downloaded from iTunes.  The iTunes App Store hit the Billion milestone after just 9 months.  Granted, many of the app store downloads are free, but the sheer volume is still impressive.

In the press release issued today, Steve Jobs noted,

The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality. With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up.


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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Krishna Santani Says:

    Clearly Apple store is ruling the roost in application arena… There is no one even near to it to compete.Nokia, RIM, Palm and Android all wanted to replicate App Store. Verizon is also toying with the idea by announcing its own APP store… But getting large number of developers and building the software is not bread and butter.. Catch App Store if you can!!

  2. Chrystal K. Says:

    That’s a lot of apps.

  3. Chris R Says:

    It is my understanding that about 95% of those apps are crap.
    That still leaves several hundred pretty cool apps though.

  4. Ronk Says:

    If only 1% of those apps are any good, that will still leave a lot of god ones.

    Remember the baby shaking app?

  5. dave Says:

    just looked at the app store, and the 1# app of the top 10 chart is called “the moron test”… you really have to be a moron to pay for that

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