App Store Hits 3 Billion Downloads

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Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and the iPod Touch has today broken three billion downloads, with estimates putting the service at almost 120 downloads per second.

Towards the end of last September, Apple announced that its App Store had managed to pass the two billion mark and was, by all accounts, accelerating. Indeed, the news that the App store has passed three billion downloads comes just 98 days later, indicating a bit of an uptick in the number of downloads being made since then. Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, commented on the figure, saying that,

“Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months – this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before… The revolutionary App Store offers iPHone and iPod Touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”

Indeed, it seems that things are going very well indeed for the folks at Apple, despite the numerous issues it’s had with the by now infamous App Store approval process apparently arbitrarily blocking some apps from being made available through the service.

It’s interesting to see how far the App Store has come since the launch of the iPhone and the iPod Touch when Apple essentially told everyone that native apps weren’t what they wanted and web apps were the way of the future. Here we are, years on and the App Store is booming. It seems native apps are very much the way forward.

Now, if only there were some way to find out what percentage of those apps were sales as opposed to just free downloads…

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