App Store downloads top 100 million, games a centerpiece

The App Store has served up more than 100 million applications since it first went online, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs announced the news during Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event in San Francisco on Tuesday.

The App Store launched in mid-July with about 500 applications to start. By the end of the first weekend it was open for business, iPhone and iPod users had downloaded more than 10 million copies of applications. The service is available to any iPhone or iPod touch user whose gear is running iPhone 2.0 software or later.

Now Jobs reports that there are over 3,000 applications available for download from the App Store, which is operating in 62 countries worldwide. The success of the App Store is “even more mindblowing,” said Jobs, when you consider that Tuesday marked the 60th day of operation for the venture.

Games took center stage as Jobs and Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller demonstrated how the App Store works. Jobs said that there are now more than 700 games available from the App Store. The abundance of games makes the iPod touch “the funnest iPod ever,” said Jobs.

Schiller demonstrated Spore Origins, EA’s new game which made it to the iPod touch and iPhone yesterday, while Jobs showed off the as-yet unreleased iPhone version of Iron Man, based on the popular movie. Gameloft’s Real Soccer 2009, an international soccer (football) game, and a version of EA’s popular Need for Speed racing game franchise, were also demonstrated.

EA, for its part, recently announced that Spore Origins and nine other games were headed to the iPhone and iPod touch this year alone.

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