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Friday, July 22, 2011

First Day Sales for OS X Lion? How Does Over One Million Sound?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Apple announced Thursday that sales of OS X 10.7 Lion topped the one million mark on Wednesday, the first day of availability. Lion is only available through the Mac App Store, and at US$29.99, that means Apple has added another $30 million to its coffers (you know, because Apple was running short on cash)."

This is the first version of any Mac OS to sell one million copies on it's first day of availability, and I have to venture a guess that having it readily available for download online via the Mac App Store contributed in no small way to this impressive figure. Now we shall see if it can keep up these kinds of numbers, as the previous versions have done (two million in the first three days for Leopard for example.) Did you already download your copy? Any problems if you did?

Friday, July 8, 2011

15 Billion Apps Downloaded for iOS, But How is the Mac App Store Doing?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:46 PM

"Apple® today announced that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App StoreTM by the more than 200 million iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users worldwide. The App Store offers more than 425,000 apps and developers have created an incredible array of over 100,000 native iPad apps."

No small feat, in just three years. Now I'm sure the Mac App Store developers are wishing their store would generate the same kind of numbers, if this article is any indication. Granted, they haven't been around as long and Apple is just now getting ready to release Lion, which seems to be tailor made for the Mac App Store process, so perhaps it is just the lull before the storm. Or people just aren't interested yet since they have the versions they need at this point and won't really take advantage until significant updates are released. I have to admit I like using it and like the notifications for updates that are available, just like on iOS. And I would use it if I needed software, but the cost factor is much bigger with the Mac App Store than with iOS. I believe that is the main reason, but what are your thoughts?

Monday, January 24, 2011

10 Billion Downloads Achieved! Winner Crowned and No, It Isn't Me!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"Apple on Saturday announced that its iOS App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad has reached the milestone of 10 billion downloads since its launch in 2008."

The contest started on January 14th this year, and ended over this past weekend, by someone in the UK downloading a free app called "Paper Glider." This past year the App Store had over 7 billion downloads, which far surpassed it's first year total of 1.5 billion.

And if you are curious about what 10 billion represents, other than a huge number of apps in a short time, you can read some examples in this article from Business Insider. On another note related to this milestone, check out the story on how the winner almost wasn't.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mac App Store Download Figures Point to Success

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple announced today that over one million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App Store in the first day. "We're amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. 'Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.'"

You can't argue with the numbers, and I'd say 1 million downloads is pretty successful for having been open only one day. Even if you don't go with this being a success, all you have to do is ask a company like Evernote. They are reporting that they had an 1800% increase in new users on the Mac after the opening of the Mac App Store. They have even posted a graph on their blog showing the effect the opening had on their user base. It will be interesting to see how this plays out but the early signs are pointing to success. What are your thoughts on the Mac App Store?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Apple Still King in App Downloads

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is still beating Apple when it comes to smartphone market share, but when it comes to mobile app downloads, Apple is crushing RIM."

RIM today said their BlackBerry App World has 20 million registered users that are downloading approximately 1 million apps daily. They did the math after this announcement and figured out, based on the January total of 3 billion apps from Apple that the App Store users are downloading between 10 and 20 million apps a day. That is a wide range and as the pioneer in this app store business it makes sense that they would be king of the downloads. The point they are trying to make is that even though RIM is the leader in market share, the app store advantage that Apple has is the key to long-term growth. What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

App Store Downloads Hit 3 Billion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple announced this morning that App Store downloads have officially broken 3 billion, and it happened in less than 18 months."

According to the press release they have the App Store available in 77 countries, and, quoting Steve Jobs, "...this is like nothing we've ever seen before. The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon." Quite a feat in under 18 months.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

iPod Touch Pwns iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"App Store downloads for iPod touch devices eclipsed those for iPhones for the first time on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2009. Analytics firm Flurry released data Monday showing that apps downloaded for iPod touch grew 1000% Christmas Day compared to an average of the previous Fridays in December."

Sounds like quite a few people got an iPod Touch for Christmas! Either that or they sold a heckuva lot of iTunes Gift Cards.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Two Billion Downloads and Counting

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple today announced that more than two billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world."

Two billion downloads, impressive number and no other devices has such a resource. And it keeps on growing, with "85,000 apps available to the more than 50 million iPhone and iPod Touch customers worldwide" as well as 125,000 developers that have registered in the iPhone Developer Program.

According to Steve Jobs, "The App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it."

Friday, August 14, 2009

Update Smorgasbord!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"It was a busy Tuesday for Apple's software team. The company released updates for its Safari Web browser, its wireless AirPort client, and the Multi-Touch trackpad for users who have Windows installed on their Mac."

On the same day as the Safari update, Tuesday to be exact, Apple also released a few more updates. One was for the Airport client in models of the MacBook and MacBook Pro line, which is aimed at Airport problems while running on battery power. Another update was for users of Bootcamp, which will improve the Multi-Touch Trackpad performance when running Windows XP or Vista. And yesterday there were several updates for Tiger (Intel, PPC, Server Universal and Server PPC) as well as one for Leopard. Whew! Busy week for updates!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New York to Tax Digital Downloads

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 04:00 PM

"Gov. Paterson's proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too. Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an "iPod tax" that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other "digitally delivered entertainment services." "We're going to have to take some extreme measures," Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget."

I don't know if I care that much about this. My initial reaction to this was "Don't they already tax those?" I had to look at some old iTunes receipts to see if they did (they most certainly don't). I'm not happy paying more, but if I went and bought the CD I'd have to pay sales tax on that just the same. Of course, with a CD you own the music, so paying the sales tax on something you own is one thing; your right to own a CD is a little more set in stone than your right to "own" a digital download. I know I'm probably opening up a can of worms, but what do you all think? I'm guessing most of you are going to be very much against this. Am I wrong?

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