OS X Mountain Lion downloaded 3 million times in 4 days

Apple's brand new desktop operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, was downloaded over 3 million times in the first 4 days since it launched last Wednesday morning, July 25. Apple reports . According to Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, that makes it Apple's most successful OS X launch ever:

Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever.

Mountain Lion is the ninth major release of OS X, and like Lion before it, focuses on taking iOS in general, and iPad in particular features "back to the Mac". The two operating system remain built on the same foundation but serve widely different purposes -- to use Steve Jobs' analogy, OS X is the truck where iOS is the car. Mountain Lion continues Apple's drive to make the car as nicely appointed as possible, with as many iOS-style amenities as possible, so that iOS users find the Mac just as accessible as the iPad.

That's the key to getting hundreds of millions of Apple mobile users to consider the Mac the next time they buy a computer. That's the democratization that drove the iPad, and that's now driving the Mac with Mountain Lion, Apple's ad campaigns with Genius commercials, and likely most of what else we'll see from them going forward.

Were you one of the 3 million who downloaded OS X Mountain Lion so far?

Source: Apple

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OS X Mountain Lion downloaded 3 million times in 4 days


Don't get me wrong, I love Apple products. Very well designed and yada yada...But how many copies of Windows 7 were purchased in the first four days of release? Even outside of the OEM versions, how many retail versions were sold in the first four days? I'm not saying that Microsoft becomes more profitable than Apple because of this (because they obviously are not). But this isn't even a comparison. Windows 7 set the pre-order record on Amazon lol. But in all fairness, great sales performance by OS X is better for competition; which benefits the consumer (me) the most.

The different between the sales of the two operating systems comes from the number of users who can reach this update - there are hundreds of millions of windows users who could update to windows 7 in that time compared to only few millions users who have a mac with snow leopard/lion that can update to mountain lion, so of course windows 7 would be much more "saled".

If you want to make your new Mountain Lion a little more useful, I whipped up a quick and dirty app that lets you use iCloud like DropBox... (its free) I've been using it since Lion and it's stable... It makes an DropiCloud folder on your desktop and everything in there is synced to all of your macs like DropBox... Folders, files, etc. I did it so we could get some actual use out of iCloud, not just iCloud apps.. and it gives iDisk users a nice replacement... BTW, it's not supported by Apple, so use at your own risk... http://www.dropicloud.com/ Enjoy... Mike

I tried to download it and failed at least five times. I emailed the Apple Appstore support and they graciously (and VERY promptly) agreed to refund my payment. I may try it again in a few months at an Apple retail store.

now imagine how many more downloads it would have been if that Up-To-Date program didn't fail miserably!