Apple Monday trumpeted news that 100 million apps have been downloaded from its Mac App Store, which went live in early January.
The download pace inevitably has slowed since day one, when more than 1 million apps were downloaded.
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Like the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, the Mac App Store lets customers pick from free and paid apps, and buy them via an iTunes account. Although the Mac App Store has some catching up to do: Apple claims the original Apple App Store now has 500,000 apps and more than 18 billion have been downloaded. Early piracy concerns about the Mac App Store have also seemingly disappeared.
"In just three years the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a statement. "With more than 100 million downloads in less than a year, the Mac App Store is the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world."
Google recently said more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the Android Market.
The Mac App Store is included with Mac OS X Lion and is available as a software update for any Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
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