Apple announced today that the iTunes App Store, one year post-launch, has served up over 1.5 billion downloads of more than 65,000 apps created by over 100,000 registered developers.

Says Apple CEO, Steve Jobs:

“The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality. With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up.”

Strange to see Jobs mention "the competition"? Perhaps not coincidentally timed right before Microsoft's developer conference where their own Windows A marketplace is likely to be featured?

Still there's no denying the App Store is run-away success beyond even Apple's lofty expectations.

Congrats! And let's hope the next year is even better!

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