Apple's iOS App Store now holds more than 1 million apps. Tim Cook touted the milestone during Tuesday's media event as part of an army of data Apple's CEO unleashed to illustrate his company's edge in the mobile market.
Certainly, the App Store number seemingly confirms Apple's continued advantage among app makers: That number is up from 700,000 apps since last October's media event, and is reportedly ahead of Android by more than 100,000 apps. What's more, Cook said, App Store apps have now been downloaded 60 billion times since the store opened five years ago—a number that's more than doubled since the 25 billionth app was downloaded just 18 months ago in March 2012.
And those downloads have been lucrative to third-party developers: Apple has paid out $13 million in fees to those developers during the store's lifetime, Cook said.
Cook also promoted one of Apple's newest products, iTunes Radio, which is available on both iOS and OS X. Since the fall launch of iTunes Radio, 20 million users have listened to the service, Cook said; more than 1 billion songs have already been heard on iTunes Radio. Pandora, the music service most similar to Apple's new offering, reportedly has a user base of 72 million active listeners.
Other numbers featured during Tuesday's event:
- More than 9 million units of the latest iPhones—the 5c and 5s—were sold during the device's opening weekend last month. "It's the biggest launch ever," Cook said. That record was aided, of course, by a wider-than-usual opening weekend launch for the phone: For the first time, the iPhone was available to be sold in China at the same time as its U.S. launch.
- Similarly, Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 7, was downloaded to more than 200 million iPhones and iPads during the first week after it launched last month, Cook said, "making it the biggest and fastest software upgrade ever." Nearly two-thirds of all iOS devices in use—64 percent—are now running iOS 7.
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