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article imageApple: 300 million iPhone apps downloaded in five months

By Chris V. Thangham     Dec 6, 2008 in Technology
On Friday, Apple announced it reached 300 million iPhone app downloaded from its iTunes App Store. The App Store was launched only five months ago in July.
When Apple launched a special App Store for its iPhone (iPhone and iPhone 3G) and iPod Touch on July 11, it started with 500 applications. Since then, the number of applications has grown to 10,000 and has now crossed the 300 million download mark.
Apple distributes both free and paid applications via the iTunes App Store. Though the bulk of applications are free, Apple does sell many paid applications.
Computer World points out that iPhone users are downloading applications at a rate of 2.2 million per day. In the last month and a half alone, Apple doubled the number of applications (about 5,000) at its store.
Silicon Valley estimates Apple only has made about $50 to $100 million from its App store, but Apple expects to make more than $1 billion by 2009 from its increased iPhone and iPod Touch sales. When we add the music and video sales to iPhone users, the earnings will be even higher.
This is advertisement from Apple sums up the difference between iPhone and other phones in the market. iPhone is like a mini-computer with lots of productivity applications:
iPhone ad from Apple.
iPhone ad from Apple.
Macworld.com
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