Apple's Mac App Store Reaches 100 Million Downloads
December 12, 2011

Apple’s Mac App Store Reaches 100 Million Downloads

Apple said on Monday that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from its Mac App Store in less than a year.

The Mac App Store is an online store for its Macintosh computer users to purchase and download software directly onto their machine.

The store has thousands of both free and paid applications and was introduced earlier in 2011.

“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,” Philip Schiller, Apple´s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a statement. “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.”

On Apple's App Store for its iOS devices, customers download over a billion apps per month.  There are currently more than 500,000 apps available on this store.

The App Store for iOS surpassed 100 million downloads in less than three months of availability back in 2008.

Apple has been taking more software off its shelves at its brick-and-mortar stores to help grow its Mac App Store business.  Users are able to find applications for a variety of uses, such as Games, Graphics & Design, Productivity and Education.

“The Mac App Store has unparalleled reach and has completely transformed our distribution and development cycle,” Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team said in a press release. “Offering Pixelmator 2.0 exclusively on the Mac App Store allows us to streamline updates to our image editing software and stay ahead of the competition.”

Developers are able to set the prices for their apps, keep 70 percent of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and do not have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees.

The Mac App Store is included with Mac OS X Lion and is available as a software update for any computer running Mac OS X Snow Leopard.


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