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10,000 iPhone Apps

Two services that track the iPhone App Store – AppShopper and 148Apps, announced on Saturday that there have been over 10,000 iPhone applications released on the US App Store. The number of currently available applications is just shy of 10,000 due to discontinued apps and a few that have been pulled by Apple (e.g. trademark disputes, terms of service violations, etc.). AppSherpa believes that it will only be a few more days until there are 10,000 iPhone applications available for sale on the US App Store. Total international App Store numbers are not being tracked by anyone outside of Apple, as far as I can tell.

Quick stats highlights from the first 10,000 iPhone applications:

  • Games are the leading category, accounting for one in four of total applications. This reinforces Apple’s recent marketing campaign around games.
  • $0.99 is the most common price point, although one in four applications are free.
  • The most expensive application currently for sale is iRa by Lextech Labs for $899.99. This is video surveillance application that integrates with a number of CCTV systems.
  • The entire iPhone App Store catalog could be purchased for just over $30,000, although there’s only room to fit 129 of them on your iPhone or iPod touch at any given time (148 apps in total, but that includes the default applications from Apple).

Ben Lorica and Roger Magoulas in the Market Research Group at O’Reilly Media have been doing an excellent job tracking the iPhone applications market. You can see some of this work on Ben’s Radar posts. I am looking forward to seeing an update from Roger and Ben now that we’re crossed the 10,000 mark.

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