John Paczkowski

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Apple's App Store One Year Later: 65,000 Apps, 1.5 Billion Downloads

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When it launched on July 10, 2008, Apple’s iTunes App Store included 552 apps. Today, the App Store boasts more than 65,000–the work of some 100,000 developers. And in a celebratory press release issued this morning, Apple tells us they’ve been downloaded more than 1.5 billion times in its first year of business. “The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality,” said CEO Steve Jobs in a press release. “With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up.”

Astonishing, really, when you think about it. In just 12 months, the App Store spawned a thriving developer ecosystem, a new gaming platform and a half-billion dollar software marketplace, an unprecedented achievement in the mobile world. Certainly, Apple’s rivals have all taken note of the company’s success and adopted similar approaches to distributing mobile applications, though–as Jobs notes–it’s going to be tough for them to ever match Apple (AAPL).

Oh, one last point worth making here. You know Steve Jobs is back, really back, when he’s talking smack about rivals in an Apple press release…

Below, a breakdown of apps by category and a graph of their growth over time, courtesy of 148Apps.biz. Click on the charts to enlarge.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik