Apple announced today that iPhone and iPod touch users have downloaded three billion applications from its App Store.
In the release Apple CEO Steve Jobs says, “we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”
A timely release, and statement, considering Google is expected to show off the Nexus One, its own handset, today.
The App Store has been open for just a year and a half. It hit two billion downloads in September.
That means it’s averaged 10.1 million app downloads per day since September.
Using Piper Jaffray estimates, there’s approximately 60 million iPhones and iPod Touches on the market. That means there’s around 50 apps per device.
As we said in September, most people don’t download any apps onto their phones. And considering the unlikely odds that every iPhone and iPod touch has had apps installed onto it, the actual per-active-user rates are likely higher. (Though some people have had multiple devices, which reduces that rate.)
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