Take that Android! Apple's 100 Million Mac App Store downloads

100 million in less than a year.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Today Apple announced that it has seen over 100 million downloads from the Mac App Store.

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.

One point to note here is that Apple offered the Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' upgrade exclusively via the Mac App Store initially, so I've no doubt that this will have helped boost the download numbers dramatically.

UPDATE - Apple has confirmed to The Loop that these download numbers do not include Lion downloads.

Apple's not just blowing the trumpet of the Mac App Store either. Here are some headline-grabbing stats related to the iOS App Store:

  • More than 500,000 apps
  • More than 18 billion apps downloaded
  • More than 1 billion apps downloaded per month

These numbers put Google's boast of 10 billion apps downloaded from the Android Market into perspective.

“In just three years the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With more than 100 million downloads in less than a year, the Mac App Store is the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world.”

Looks like Apple is set to shake up another industry.


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