Apple’s App Store downloads top 3 billion milestone

Apple today announced that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store by iPhone and iPod touch users worldwide.

“Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months—this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “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.”

Apple App Store downloads:

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “Nathan” for the graphic.]

iPhone and iPod touch customers in 77 countries worldwide can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Bloodbath.


  1. silverhawk makes a good point…I too am using Safari much less because of apps written for many of the sites I frequent. Although this is probably putting only a small dent in Safari’s web traffic count, it will likely become more pronounced as computing becomes more mobile

  2. Some people will quibble as to how many of those downloads were free apps but you know what? It doesn’t matter. Each app, be it paid for or free, is an interaction with the device and a participation in the iPhone/iPod ecosystem and that’s what matters.

    Three Billion gives a good indication of just how much interest owners are taking in their devices and this translates into future sales growth as we find out just how much influence the app store has on persuading people to go with Apple’s devices.

  3. Didn’t some monkey say apps. aren’t important?
    Well monkey boy the problem is that a lot of people who bought all those apps are never going to buy windows mobile because they just don’t work there….. So think about that Balmer!

  4. That’s a good point by you guys about safari and apps usage. Over the past few years, we’ve seen internet advertising take off so much that it’s unthinkable to see any kind of TV or press ad without a line saying on it somewhere.

    How long will it be before tthe web address is replaced with something that looks like: iTunes.mycompanyapp on all adverts?

  5. I just got a Toch recently and the app experience Apple has set up is incredible. It reminds me of the old days using ftp to access software vaults for my old Classic, with lots of rubbish, but lots of gems as well, and most take up minimal storage. A new golden age of computing is upon us.

  6. Apelock, you won’t have to wade through the apps, you just have to keep your ears open for review sites like, they’ll make noise whenever some really really cool apps/games are out, and tell you straight up when something is crap.

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