Mac App Store Tops 1 Million Downloads on Day One

Apple announced on Friday that the new Mac App Store exceeded one million apps downloaded in the first day. It says that over 1,000 free and paid apps are available.

CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release: “We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting. Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”

In contrast, the iOS App Store exceeded 10 million downloads during its first three days, although that launch benefited from pent-up demand since it the first time users could buy software for the iPhone. It was also the only place to buy iOS apps and retains that distinction, whereas Mac software can still be purchased from a variety of online and offline outlets. Apple has said it has no intention of keeping Mac software from being sold in other places.