Like the iPhone itself, sales of software for Apple’s smartphone have taken off like a rocket. In the first month the App Store was available, over 60 million applications were downloaded.
Many of these were free, but the store still pulled in about $1 million a day in revenue.
Developers received $21 million of the first month’s revenue, with the top 10 getting $9 million. The remainder went to Apple to cover the costs for running the store.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career for software,” CEO Steve Jobs told the WSJ in an interview.
All software for the iPhone and iPod touch is supposed to be sold through the App Store. This gives users a single place to go to find every title that’s available, but also allows Apple to block applications it doesn’t approve of from being distributed.
There IS a Software Blacklist
In this same interview, Jobs confirmed that Apple has the ability to remotely remove unauthorized software installed on smartphones and handhelds running its operating system.
He defended the necessity for including this feature, saying that it’s there to protect users from malicious applications.
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