Mac App Store surpasses 10,000 apps

30 Apr 2012

Apple’s Mac App Store has surpassed 10,000 apps and there have been 100m downloads from the online store, according to reports. However, there’s still some distance to go when you consider the iOS App Store contains more than 600,000 apps.

According to French site MacGeneration, iTunes has more than 28m digital media products for download.

The Mac App Store launched in January 2011, with Apple selling big-name products, including OS X Lion via the Mac App Store.

Another site, AppShopper, a sister site to Macrumors.com, also confirmed the milestone. It currently indexes 10,339 applications.

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After passing the 100m download milestone in December, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, said he believes this makes the Mac App Store the “largest and fastest-growing PC software store in the world”.

“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,” Schiller said.

The Mac App Store also became the most trending technology subject on Twitter in 2011. Its youngest developer is Harry Moran, a 13-year-old from Co Cork, whose app became the top paid app on the store one day last year.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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