App Store tops 200 million download milestone

Apple announced its iPhone App Store reached the 200 million download benchmark last week, just over 100 days after the virtual storefront opened July 11. "The 200 millionth app! We've never seen anything like this in our careers," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs during the computing giant's fourth-quarter earnings call, adding the rate of applications submitted by developers is "incredible." Apple currently boasts App Store applications in 19 categories including Games, Navigation, and Music.

Apple also reported its fourth-quarter earnings last week, posting revenues of $7.9 billion, up from $6.22 billion in the year-ago period. According to Apple, international sales accounted for 41 percent of Q4 revenues: The firm sold 6,892,000 iPhones during the quarter, compared to 1,119,000 a year ago, and moved 11,052,000 iPods representing 8 percent unit growth and 3 percent revenue growth year-over-year. "We sold more phones than [BlackBerry maker Research In Motion]," said Jobs in a prepared statement.

For more on the App Store milestone:
- read this Macworld article

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