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More Good News From WWDC - 7 Million Users, 6,000 Apps For Mac OS X [Updated]

More Good News From WWDC - 7 Million Users, 6,000 Apps For Mac OS X [Updated]

by , 5:45 PM EDT, June 23rd, 2003

Even before the new product announcements, Steve Jobs had some good news to spread to the group assembled for the keynote speech at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, Monday morning. OS X adoption, applications and iTunes Music Store sales are all showing good progress.

From an Apple press release:

Apple¨ today announced that there are over seven million active users of Mac¨ OS X, the world's most advanced operating system, and that the number of Mac OS X applications has doubled to more than 6,000 during the past year, including the recently launched QuarkXPress 6, Photoshop 7, Acrobat 6, Director MX, QuickBooks Pro 5.0, Maya 5 and MATLAB.

Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phil Schiller, showed excitement with state of OS and application development saying, "With Mac OS X, Apple is far outpacing any other operating system developer in the industry, leap-frogging the competition while they're hoping to deliver years in the future what we already have today."

Apple's iPod, it's popular music player, is poised to hit a milestone as the Itunes Music Store keeps showing strong sales figures.

...music fans have downloaded over five million songs from the iTunes¨ Music Store since its launch eight weeks ago today. In addition, over 46 percent of the songs have been purchased as albums, and over 80 percent of the over 200,000 songs available on the online store have been purchased at least once. Apple also announced that it will ship its one millionth iPod this week. Apple introduced the third generation of its ultra-portable digital music player in April, and it has become a huge hit with music lovers worldwide.

Steve Jobs proclaimed during the WWDC keynote that the transition to Mac OS X had reached the turning point, relying on the company's estimates of seven million users and 6,000 Mac OS X apps.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Steve Jobs is right. The bulk of the Mac platform that is going to upgrade to Mac OS X has done so. When you consider the number of users still running whatever OS it is that came with their system, and yes, there are still millions of users running System 7, 7.5, 8.x, in addition to Mac OS 9, the part of the platform that does upgrade, has done so, and seven million users is actually a lot. Most of those reading this article tend to live on the leading edge, if not the bleeding edge, but the reality for most users is that they never upgrade the OS at all. This is true for both Windows users and Mac users.

Accordingly, most of those still using earlier versions of the OS probably aren't going to upgrade until they purchase new machines. Since those users are also a lot less likely to buy new software, that makes the transition a mostly done deal, especially for the developers in attendance at today's WWDC.

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