iTunes App Store: 1.5bn served
'Hard for others to catch up,' says Jobs
Apple's iTunes App Store has reached another mind-numbing milestone: 1.5 billion apps downloaded in its first year of operation.
"With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up," said Steve Jobs - who, in press-release form at least, appears to be back in the saddle again.
One download for every four people on the planet
As we reported last week, the US arm of the App Store now contains well over 56,000 apps. According to Apple, the total number of apps in the Store's 77-country reach now exceeds 65,000.
As is its custom, Apple declined to state what percentage of the downloaded apps is of the free variety, and what percentage has garnered the developers any cash.
That said, mobile-app tracker Distimo, which follows not only the App Store but also similar offerings from Palm, RIM, and others, reports that the average price of an App Store app, while still "very unstable," has kicked up recently due to the popularity of turn-by-turn navigation apps.
Apple also announced that it has shipped over 40 million iPhones and iPod touches - the two devices that can take advantage of all the App Store has to offer, from retro spaceflight games to reproductive-biology flash cards (App Store links).
We'll do the math for you: that's 38 apps per downloader. ®
So centralised App repository is a good idea after all
Still amazes me that noone implemented that before, apart from some Linux distros (although most never understood the point of hiding libraries and dependencies by default). Thank Jobs for valuing innovation so much.
Even more amazed that Nokia did such a poor implementation, fortunately if you don't like the iphone, Android's got a very nice one
"Meaningless statistics given that other manufacturers don't force owners to obtain all their apps from a single place."
So where DO you get them from then? Nokia's app store? Good luck, let us know how that goes.
Apple might run a closed system, but if that was a problem to anyone other than a few jailbreaking l33t haxorz then we wouldn't be seeing these sales figures, would we?
You seem to think that the article is about texting for some strange reason. Read it again and take note that it's about application sales. Application sales have nothing to do with AT&T or O2.
Then read this from August 2008 http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/16/apple_appstore_software_sales/
and then this from December 2008
The amount of money being talked about is not chicken feed. There was another Reg story about three app developers who were earning 5 figure sums (but I can't find it.)
I just wish I was smart enough.