Apple's App Store now has 500,000 apps available, the company has said. And these apps have been downloaded a staggering 18 billion times. Downloads continue to pick up speed, now in excess of one billion per month.
The Mac App Store, not yet a year old, is also gathering momentum. With "thousands" of apps available, it's reached 100 million downloads—small in comparison, but humongous among desktop computers.
“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.”