Mac App Store Downloads Top 100 Million

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Apple announced on Monday that downloads from its 11 month-old Mac App Store have already topped the 100 million mark. The Mac App Store launched on January 6, 2011, as Apple’s new app download center, and managed to handle over a million downloads on its first day.

Mac App StoreThe Mac App Store hits 100 million downloads

Apple said in a stament,

Apple today announced that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App Store in less than one year. With thousands of free and paid apps, the Mac App Store brings the App Store experience to the Mac so you can find great new apps, buy them using your iTunes account, and download and install them in just one step.

The company also said that its App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch hosts over 500,000 apps, and has handled more that 18 bilion downloads. Customers are currently downloading more that a billion apps per month.

Apple has transitioned most of its own applications to the Mac App Store, including OS X Lion.

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My first download was the newest iPhoto so I could finish a project.

Well, ok that,s not quite true. It was Angry Birds, then iPhoto.  But who’s counting. Other than the person who was waiting for the project that I didn’t get done because I was playing Angry Birds that is.

The MacAppStore is a great option. It doesn’t have everything but it’s where I check first. As long as it STAYS an option I’ll be happy. If Apple tries to make the Mac a walled garden like iOS then I’d be miffed. But I don’t see that happening.


As impressive as these stats are, Florian Meuller poured cold water on them yesterday by tweeting that Android would surpass these figures in the ‘foreseeable’ future, though not specifying when that would be.

I continue to be bemused by amount of time and attention devoted to these near meaningless metrics. Don’t misunderstand, patronage and consumer behaviour is important. Comparing isolated statistics in the absence of other important indicators - in a word “context” - is not, neither is it instructive.


With the Mac App Store (TM), does one Download equal one Sale? You can fool most of the people some of the time…

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