updated 01:40 pm EST, Fri January 16, 2009
App Store hits 500 mil
Apple has announced that the App Store has achieved over 500 million downloads so far. The company in December launched past the 300 million mark, while apparently still gaining momentum through the holidays. The number of unique apps has also jumped significantly, rising from 10,000 titles last month to over 15,000 releases at this point in time.
An October conference call indicated that the company was then on the verge of selling 200 million apps. 100 million downloads were added in the next 6 weeks, and another 200 million during the holidays and early January.
The rapid expansion of the App Store could add to the competitive edge of the iPhone and iPod touch. The sheer volume of traffic may be attractive to developers, while other manufacturers such as Palm and RIM will still be in the beginning stages of establishing similar portals.