AppStore passes 3 billion downloads

Written by Joe Martin

January 6, 2010 // 12:31 p.m.

Tags: #appstore #iphone #ipod-touch #lite #tapulous

Companies: #apple #games

Apple has today announced that the AppStore for iPod Touch and iPhone owners has managed to surpass 3 billion downloads now, with the popularity of the online store still increasing.

The AppStore, which hosts applications and games for iPhone users, was only launched in July 2008 and broke the 1 billion downloads barrier back in April 2009, but the success of the platform has only accelerated since then.

Apple boss Steve Jobs said that the continued popularity of the AppStore was unlike anything the company had ever seen and that he doubted any competitors would ever be able to catch up.

"The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod Touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon," he said in an official comment.

The main competitor he's probably referring to is Sony, who launched a new PSP model last year that allowed gamers to only access games from an online store. Sony poached many games and developers from Apple for their own store, with early iPhone success stories like Fieldrunners showing up on the PSPgo in no time at all.

There are plenty of great games on the AppStore still though, with current staff favourites including Hook Champ, Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and, embarrassingly, Surviving High School. Check out some of our other favourite iPhone games in our latest round-up.

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