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Apple Hits The Big Mark of 2 Billion App Store Downloads

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For those who are big iPhone App downloaders, your purchases have been a part of something huge. 2 billions downloads huge. So, here is Apple saying thank to customers worldwide, for their support.

It’s hard to believe that number has come to pass. Truly remarkable.

CUPERTINO, California—September 28, 2009—Apple® today announced that more than two billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world. There are now more than 85,000 apps available to the more than 50 million iPhone, COD Ghost and iPod touch customers worldwide and over 125,000 developers in Apple’s iPhone Developer Program.

“The rate of App Store downloads continues to accelerate with users downloading a staggering two billion apps in just over a year, including more than half a billion apps this quarter alone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it.”

Today, iPhone and iPod touch customers in 77 countries worldwide can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, ghost, sports, health, reference and travel. With the recently introduced iTunes® 9, ghosts, it’s now easier than ever to organize and sync your apps right in iTunes and they will automatically appear on your iPhone or iPod touch with the same layout.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music perks and video players and iTunes mw3 perks online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

iPhone App Of The Day – Weber’s On The Grill

Weber Grill

For all of you grillers out there, an iPhone App has finally been released. If you’re always looking for new grilling recipes, and sauce recipes then this is the app for you. On top of the recipes you can create a shopping list for keeping up with all the ingredients you’ll need. There’s tips, techniques, and a few videos to show you how to utilize some of the more advanced grilling techniques.

Weber’s On the Grill App Page

Apple and the Big Labels

Apple is hobnobbing with some of the biggest record companies around—Sony, EMI, Warner Music, and Universal Music Group. The tune of the closed-door discussions seems to be a new iTunes and music provider brainchild: beefing up the offering of music albums, as a steer-away from single-track sales. iTunes logo

As it stands right now, digital music players (of which iTunes is the king) have no problem offering the sale of single tunes—one song at a time—rather than entire albums. Across the fence from the digital music providers sit the music producers, for whom selling albums—collections of songs—is their bread and butter. The paradigm shift to one-by-one sales has been a hammer-blow to the music providers who rely on the bigger-ticket sales of albums. People would rather spend a buck and get a great song than spend seventeen bucks and get a bundle of songs—some of which they may like, and some they won’t. In a that-settles-it-tone, David Ring, an executive for Universal Music Group said: one-by-one downloads [is] not a business that can grow.”

So…something needs to change, right?

The new approach currently in discussion, may be Apple giving a boost to the record companies by adding a flourish to album sales. The idea already has a codename: “Cocktail.” It would offer album sales, but amp up the offering by giving purchasers pictures, lyrics, videos, artwork, liner notes—other cool stuff like that. In addition, the new format will give listeners the option of playing music straight from the album (in a new virtual format) rather than utilizing the iTunes software to do so.

The million (or more) dollar question is: “will it work?” Uh…not sure about that. If we judge it by a lookalike venture from Sony BMG just over a year ago, it won’t work out so well. But maybe Apple has the chutzpah to stuff this in the faces of consumers—just like they did with the controversial ninety-nine cent track sale. And maybe, just maybe, consumers will like it.

Maybe. The whole idea is to make more money. The plus for the purchaser is the acquisition of extras to an album purchase. Right now, few reviewers are raving over Cocktail’s proposal. Consumers are used to being picky, and they may not be thrilled about giving more of their money to watch a video or check out the liner notes. After all, the music will go straight to the iPod, which goes straight to the pocket, which goes along for the jog, or commute, or whatever.

iPhone Goes Organic and Orders a Cuppa to Go

More Retailers Adding iPhone Apps to Promote Their Business

The latest trend in comestibles these days is to get it organic. Meanwhile, iPhones are pretty much sweeping the tech world. Combine them, and what do you get? Gluten-free techies roaming the aisles looking for tofu and vegan burgers? Quite possibly. Let’s make that actually.

While Whole Foods Market is attracting food-snobs in droves, the marketing department has apparently also noticed that many of their customers are also up on the latest tech trends, too. In response, Whole Foods has developed the Whole Foods iPhone app that gives users the directions to the closest Whole Foods Market, allows them to check store hours, find out the local specials, grab a recipe for dinner, and investigate the nutritional information for the grilled salmon they’re having for supper. Since the app is free, it’s obvious that Whole Foods isn’t using it to generate revenue. They’re using it to whet appetitesand funnel more customers in for grocery shopping.

Whole Foods Market isn’t the only tech-savvy company that has married technology with food. Dunkin’ Donuts has done the same. Passionate coffee lovers can’t resist, even if their marketing strategy is a bit more direct than Whole Foods. Rather than obliquely suggest that customers buy food at their store, Dunkin’ Donuts virtually demands it. With the app “Dunkin’ Run” coffee-loving iPhone users can take office coffee orders right on their iPhone. As if that’s not enough, other Dunkin’ Run users will receive alerts when someone is planning a run to the shop, and orders can be placed online-right from the interactive online menu.

As other cuisiniers, restaurant owners, and food chains get caught up in the world domination of apps for everything, we may find more eager shoppers at our coffee shops and grocery stores, wandering the aisles-iPhone in hand.

iPhone App Of The Day – Bowls


If you’ve ever enjoyed te process of taking your finger and running it around anything glass, and hearing the sound you’ll love today’s app. Bowls is based off the Tibetan singing bowls, and have been known to provide listeners with a sense of calming. Having a stressful day at work, or with the kids just flip this on and make your own calm and relaxing melodies.

Bowls App Page

Karma Art

Karma Art

If you’re someone who likes to keep in touch with family, and friends while creating art, try Karma Art. This app allows you to create custom pieces of art, using numerous graphics and backgrounds. You can add text, color to give your message a distinct look. Then you can send your message via email, or using Flickr.

Karma Art App Page