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Apple App Store Hits A Milestone of 100K Apps

Apple has approved more than 100,000 applications in its App Store, according to latest figures from App Shopper, an industry tracking firm. That number of approved apps dwarfs the number of apps offered by mobile app store competitors Android Marketplace, Windows Mobile Marketplace, BlackBerry App World, and Nokia’s Ovi Store. Apple’s next closest competitor, Google’s Android Marketplace, offers a relative pittance of 10,000 mobile apps, according to App Shopper. BlackBerry App World hosts 3040 apps.

App Shopper released data Tuesday stating that Apple has approved 101,887 apps, with 93,118 actually available to download or purchase as of October 28. Apple is expected to announce the milestone officially when the actual number of applications available in the store reaches 100,000.

Out of the apps available now via Apple App Store, tracking site Yappler approximates that 19,788 are free, and the average price per app is $2.55 ($3.25 excluding free apps).

In September Apple announced that selection in its store exceeded 85,000 applications and reported more than 2 billion downloads of App Store applications since the App Store opened in July 2008.

Nokia’s Ovi Store hosts 660 applications, out of which 221 are free. Palm’s App Catalog holds just under 100 apps, and there are 280 “homebrew” unofficial apps available to download for the Palm Pre. Of BlackBerry App World 3040 apps, a total of 747 are free.

Mircosoft’s Windows Mobile Marketplace is also toward the bottom of the rankings, despite the mobile operating system being on the market for over six years. Windows Mobile Marketplace holds only 246 apps. Microsoft has stated publicly more than 753 software developers are working on more apps.

The sheer number of applications in the Apple App store has proven to be popular among customers.

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