iPhone App Store rings up 300 million downloads
For those Apple iPhone devotees out there, this may fall in the category of “duh,” but let’s just make it official: apps are popular. The company said Friday 300 million apps have been downloaded from its App Store, which only opened for business in July.
And it was Just a little while ago, on Oct. 21, that Apple reported 200 million app downloads, so iPhone users have been very busy since then.
App developers have also been busy, it seems. The App Store now offers many, many offerings – many useful, some just for yuks. The app count has pushed past the 10,000 mark, up from 5,500 in October and 500 in July.
Apps, for the uninitiated, are programs that can be downloaded onto an iPhone at the touch of a finger. They run the gamut of categories, from games to music to social networking to news. Most are offered by third-party developers, some for free and some for a fee.
Apple, always looking to be different, didn’t put out a press release announcing its app success. Instead it bought full-page add in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.