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Apple's Mac App Store downloads hit 100-million mark

Launched as a free download for Mac OS X users, the Mac App Store allows users to sift through free and paid applications and download them to their devices like Apple mobile App Store.

BT Online Bureau   San Francisco     Last Updated: December 13, 2011  | 10:46 IST

Having launched the Mac App Store in January, Apple on Monday rejoiced at its resounding success, announcing that the software store has hit the 100-million downloads mark in less than year.

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"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," Apple said in a statement, adding that "Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry."

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Launched as a free download for Mac OS X users, the Mac App Store allows users to sift through free and paid applications and download them to their devices like Apple mobile App Store.

Withing 24 hours of its release, Mac App Store saw a total of over one million downloads. Apple said on Monday that the Mac App Store now offers thousands of apps in education, games, graphics and design, lifestyle, productivity, utilities and other categories.

According to its policies, 70 per cent of the revenue generated from paid applications goes to developers, while the remaining 30 per cent is kept by Apple.

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Apple's first application store is the mobile App Store launched in 2008, which, in the tech giant's words, has "changed how people get mobile apps".

In October, Apple said, its mobile app downloads topped 18 billion and over $3 billion had been paid to developers since 2008.

- With IANS inputs

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