While apps didn’t hit the 13 billion mark in the article I wrote in October (they did hit 10 billion in January ’11 so frankly, that’s close enough), some equally staggering stats have come out about Apps.
- An estimated 4.5 billion apps sold in 2010, generating $6.8 billion in revenue
- An estimated 15 billion apps sold in 2011, generating $19.7 billion in revenue
- An estimated 21.6 billion apps sold in 2013, generating $29.5 billion in revenue
- Of the nearly 400,000 apps live in May 2011, 62% are paid
While the numbers originally estimated in this October article were off, I believe the argument still stands. Do you?
Here’s the original article:
I saw on Gizmodo that 6.3 billion Apps from Apple’s App Store have been downloaded in just over 2 years. It took 5 years for music downloads from iTunes to reach this level. This works out to be around 17 million apps downloaded each and everyday.
At this rate, the number of downloaded apps is estimated to reach 13 billion by the end of this year, the same as the number of songs downloaded from iTunes by the end of the year. The fact that apps are reaching this big number at twice the speed of music downloads is pretty remarkable.