While many pundits may have scoffed at the idea of a Mac App Store when it was first announced, the people have spoken — with their wallets! On Monday, Apple revealed that the Mac App Store has now soared past the 100 million downloads milestone, less than a year after it was launched.
Apple has announced that the Mac App Store has officially served up more than 100 million downloads in less than a year. The company isn’t saying exactly how many Mac apps it offers as of today, but the iOS App Store now has more than half a million titles that have collectively been downloaded 18 billion times and continue to be downloaded at a rate of a billion apps per month.
“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.”
Among the Mac developers touting their success on the Mac App Store are Autodesk, Pixelmator and algoriddim, the creators of the popular djay, which first debuted on the iPad and is now available across all of Apple’s devices.
“In less than one year we’ve shifted the distribution of djay for Mac exclusively to the Mac App Store,” explains Karim Morsy, CEO of algoriddim. “With just a few clicks, djay for Mac is available to customers in 123 countries worldwide. We could never have that reach through traditional channels.”
Late last week, Apple introduced Logic Pro 9 to the Mac App Store, killing off the boxed retail copies of its popular pro music creation application. The move marked the last of Apple’s own software to become available only in the Mac App Store, although the virtual marketplace is still missing many third-party heavy hitters from Adobe, Microsoft and others. But with customers grabbing up so many Mac apps there, it’s probably just a matter of time before the tide turns in Cupertino’s direction yet again.
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