July 14, 2008: Apple announces that its newly-opened App Store hit a massive 10 million downloads in its first few 72 hours on the market.
“The App Store is a grand slam, with a staggering 10 million applications downloaded in just three days,” Steve Jobs said in a statement, issued eight years ago today. “Developers have created some extraordinary applications, and the App Store can wirelessly deliver them to every iPhone and iPod touch user instantly.”
First announced by Steve Jobs in March 2008, the App Store opened its virtual doors four months later. Compared to the 1.5 million apps available today, it initially contained a little over 800 apps, with around one-quarter of these available for free.
The software update giving access to the App Store was free for iPhone users, although iPod touch customers had to pay $9.95 for the privilege. 90 percent of initial apps were priced under $10, while the most expensive was a medical record app called My Life Record, which sold for $49.99. (As far as I can see, it was later reduced to $19.99, but is no longer available in the App Store.)
When the App Store first opened, four of the five most popular apps were games, including Super Monkey Ball, Cro-Mag Rally, Enigmo and Texas Hold’em. Rounding out the top five was the MLB.com At Bat app, which offered real-time Major League Baseball scores and video highlights.
Today, the App Store is an incredibly important part of Apple’s ecosystem, and has been embraced by other companies too. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has called it Apple’s most important invention — which, for a company that made the Apple II, Mac, iPod, iPhone and far more, is high praise indeed.
Do you remember your first experience of the App Store? What was your first download? Leave your comments below.