Apple app store now offers 100,000 programs

itunesSixteen months ago, while the consumer electronics industry was abuzz with the release of the 3G iPhone, Apple also introduced new iTunes featuring something called the App store.

At the time, Apple noted that users could purchase and download over 500 third-party applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Today the company has announced that users can now purchase and download over 100,000 apps for their iPhone and iPod Touch.

The announcement means that in the space of sixteen months, more than 99,500 software applications have been added to the iTunes app store which translates into about 200 new programs per day! Not only is an astounding number of new apps flooding onto the app store but downloads are increasing at an astronomical rate.

On September 28th, Apple reported that downloads at the app store had topped 2 billion, a mere ten weeks after it reported downloads of 1.5 billion. That translates into over 50 million apps per week, 7 million per day, 300,000 per hour, or almost 85 apps per second.
While the first billion downloads took just over nine months, the second billion downloads took just five months.

In case you don’t yet know, the App Store is a section of Apple’s iTunes online store where 50 million iPhone and iPod Touch users can browse and download applications for their digital device.

Applications are available to purchase or free of charge. Paid apps typically range in price from 99 cents to $9.99 although some specialized apps may sell for more. The applications can be downloaded directly to an iPhone or iPod Touch or indirectly to personal computer via iTunes.

Apple says 70% of revenues from application sales go to the developer with the remaining 30% going to Apple.


2 Responses to “Apple app store now offers 100,000 programs”
  1. Grant says:

    …and at least 9 of them actually do something useful.

    • thomas says:

      Very amusing. It’s true that 95% are probably me-too apps and garbage but that still leaves 5,000!

      I’m impressed and love my iphone.