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Apple App Store Hits 10B App Download Mark

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the and-the-winner-is dept.

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alphadogg writes "The Apple App Store hit the 10 billion app download mark overnight on Friday, marking a milestone involving an awful lot of Doodle Jump, Tap Tap Revenge and Angry Birds playing, not to mention Facebook and Pandora usage. The Apple App Store hit the 1 billion mark in April of 2009, after opening in July of 2008. Apple is rewarding the downloader of the 10 billionth free or paid App Store app with a $10,000 iTunes gift card in a bit of showmanship that Willy Wonka would be proud of. As of 7AM EST, however, Apple hadn't publicly identified the winner, only saying that you'd need to come back later to find out who won. Apple put an iOS app countdown ticker on its Website last week to build buzz around the milestone and generated about 250 million app downloads since. It also revealed a list of all-time most downloaded free and paid iPhone and iPad apps." The winner of the $10k is Gail Davis, a British woman whose children installed an app without her knowledge. She actually thought the phone call from Apple was a prank at first. "My daughters told me they had downloaded it and they knew there was a competition and that we may have won it," she told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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195 comments

Willy Wonka wouldn't be proud of Apple. (0, Offtopic)

intellitech (1912116) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975434)

Apple is like Augustus Gloop [wikipedia.org] , who ended up losing because he was incredibly gluttonous and enjoyed stuffing his face beyond what one could think humanly possible.

Re:Willy Wonka wouldn't be proud of Apple. (1, Offtopic)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975506)

Your making a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory analogy with Apple? That's crazy talk.

It's Citizen Kane [wikipedia.org] all the way down.

Re:Willy Wonka wouldn't be proud of Apple. (-1, Offtopic)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975518)

Madre de Dios. Can't somebody please come up with a grammar checker already?

Re:Willy Wonka wouldn't be proud of Apple. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975530)

Steve Jobs died today. May God rest his heathen soul

R.I.P.

Re:Willy Wonka wouldn't be proud of Apple. (-1)

RotateLeftByte (797477) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975694)

Says Who then? Please provide a reputable source to backup that statement.

Offtopic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975550)

So, like, when you subscribe, you're immune from being mod'ed "Offtopic"?

And like, the Apple Fanboys can't touch you and mod you "Flamebait" or "Troll"?

I may have to get a paid account with a username of 'FaggotAppleUser'.

Re:Offtopic (0, Offtopic)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975860)

Being a paid subscriber does not give you special license to be a troll. Trust me, I know.

If you post a blatantly trollish comment, you will find that your troll comment will be rightly mod-bombed, but your previous 4 or 5 comments will have been mod-bombed to -1 regardless of their merit(editors have unlimited mod points and they will not hesitate to "bitch-slap" you, in their own words, if too many crybabies complain about your deviation from the status quo -- and believe me, there are a lot of crybabies here).

That is how your karma will get raped and your privileges stripped. I speak with authority because I am the second best* professional troll on Slashdot, the best being Jocktroll. [slashdot.org] I also thank the numerous anonymous trolls out there for making Slashdot's banality more bearable(I recognize your style, Bigblacknigger [slashdot.org] -- keep kickin' anon).

* Admittedly past my prime due to relative sobriety and a decent job

Re:Offtopic (2, Interesting)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975960)

So, like, when you subscribe, you're immune from being mod'ed "Offtopic"?

Given that you already had your finger on it, wouldn't it have just been easier to hit the D key again?

Looks like the retards have got bored with buggering (sorry, bug'ering) up plurals and now they're trying to do the same to past participles.

In what way obese? (1, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975630)

Apple is almost the exact opposite of Augustus, in that they are still a very lean company with not a lot of employees for the revenue they produce.

The problem with the computer industry is that most of the competition is in fact heavily Augustusized - thinking only of income and very bloated/slow to boot.

Taxes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975458)

I hope Apple covers the taxes. $10,000 is a lot to spend on Itunes since you can't buy physical Apple products. Personally I would refuse the prize because the amount of money I spend on Itunes would not exceed the amount I would have to pay for tax.

Re:Taxes (2, Interesting)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975582)

You don't have to pay tax on your winnings in the UK.
Or Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy, and a bunch of other places.

Re:Taxes (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975874)

You don't have to pay tax on your winnings in the UK.

Yes you do, if you didn't pay tax on the original bet. I don't know if this applies to competitions, but it does to wagers.

Re:Taxes (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976638)

You don't have to pay tax on your winnings in the UK.

Yes you do, if you didn't pay tax on the original bet. I don't know if this applies to competitions, but it does to wagers.

If you are running a gambling business (bookmaker etc) then that is taxable like any other business. There are also some special duties payable by certain types of gambling business such as bingo halls and e-casinos. However gambling winnings themselves are not taxable in the UK. Of course, I wouldn't expect you to believe an AC, so why not read the UK tax manual... [hmrc.gov.uk]

Re:Taxes (-1, Offtopic)

RotateLeftByte (797477) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975664)

Can't buy physical Apple Priducts eh?
What on earth is the MacBook that I'm typing thing on then? Scotch Mist? What on earth are you smoking?

Here in the UK, you don't have any taxes to pay on competition winnings. You don't even have to declare them as a source of income to the Inland Revenue. So this luck person is free & clear to spend $10K on any Apps they want.

good luck to them I say.

Re:Taxes (0)

OnlyJedi (709288) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975730)

The prize is a $10,000 iTunes Store gift card, not $10,000 in cash or a $10,000 Apple gift card. Last I checked, the iTunes store doesn't sell MacBooks.

Re:Taxes (0)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975888)

The IRS would still consider that as $10,000 USD income, as that is the taxable value of the prize.

Re:Taxes (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975938)

The IRS can tax people in the UK? Wow, didn't know they were that powerful.

Re:Taxes (0)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976010)

I seem to recall that US citizens are taxed on income earned outside the US, so yes, the IRS can tax people in the UK.

That said, there's no mention of the winner being a US citizen, so it's probably a moot point in this case.

Re:Taxes (0)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976032)

They can if the people in question are US citizens.

It's left as an exercise for the reader to decide if the GP grasped that subtlety, or he's just a dumb fat trailer dweller who couldn't point to another country on a map - and I mean a map of the country he's supposed to point to.

Re:Taxes (0)

RotateLeftByte (797477) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976160)

You mean like the state trooper neat the Cumberland Gap who asked me when I said I was from England, 'So you are from Maine then?'
Sigh.

Re:Taxes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34976830)

Is it that unfathomable for somebody to have misheard you? A particular British accent might even sound like one from Maine.

Re:Taxes (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 3 years ago | (#34976980)

The key operating word in my statement was 'would'. It was in response to the person above me and phrased using the knowledge of my country. IF this were to happen in the U.S., The IRS would consider it $10,000 income, modified by whatever windfall adjustments there are in the tax code. Thanks for being a troll and not bringing anything to the conversation but your ignorance and lack of critical thinking.

Re:Taxes (0)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975994)

Tax free or not, it seems a less than brilliant prize; not that I'd be complaining if they gave me a voucher that's pretty much worth all the music and video I can eat for a decently long time, but for the relative pittance that it's worth to a company like Apple they would have been much kinder to give out a voucher that could be used for hardware too.

A couple of shiny new MacBooks, an iPhone for everyone in the family, and enough left for an Apple TV, a 30" display or two, and a handful of iPads is a pretty serious prize, whether to keep or to eBay - more or less unlimited access to the iTunes store, while still something I'd like, would be a far less exciting prospect.

Re:Taxes (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976772)

more or less unlimited access to the iTunes store, while still something I'd like, would be a far less exciting prospect.

It's a nice way to ensure you get locked in. One of my friends has said a couple of times how he would have bought some non Apple products, but because of the library of TV series etc he already has on iTunes, he just stuck with Apple products.

and 10k is like what 3 mac pros? (-1, Offtopic)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976066)

and 10k is like what 3 mac pros? but I can build like 8 pcs with about the same cpu power with better video card and more ram and hdd space.
Creative Suite® 5 Design Premium is like 2K per system

Re:and 10k is like what 3 mac pros? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976468)

With a plastic case, cables running here and there, no optical audio INPUT, no support for dual processors, no support for OS X (unless you hackintosh it), no software support, etc.

These value comparisons blow my fucking mind. Let's focus on the price premium and ignore the premium upgrades. I understand, you don't give a shit about aluminum cases and you can remove your own viruses. Great! You're a Slashdotter.

Re:and 10k is like what 3 mac pros? (3, Informative)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976700)

the dual processor mac pro starts at $3500 and you only get 6gb ram and a 1TB hdd at that price. So 10k I can only get 2. But for 1.5k-2.5k you can get build one and get a real raid card / on board hardware raid.

Apple wants $700 more for a 4 port raid card. But high end server cards on the pc with more ports are like $300.

$10,000 gift card for everyone! Tax FREE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34977220)

Kids these days (5, Interesting)

chitselb (25940) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975478)

I had a similar thing happen with Apple's iTunes a few years ago. One of my kids downloaded a couple hundred dollars worth of stuff using my debit card. Since I didn't (still don't) own an iPod and run Linux on the desktop (no iTunes client) there was no way it was me. I was pretty sure it was an inside job, but there was no phone number to contact Apple. The child vehemently denied any involvement. After going back and forth a few times with iTunes' web support people, they told me it was fraud and I should involve the local police department, ending the matter where they were concerned. I went back on their site, but instead of reporting it as a fraud issue, I took the "I forgot my username and password" route. I entered my credit card info and they gave up the goods, handing over the kid's email account. The iTunes were also discovered on the kid's iPod, as well as receipts in the yahoo mail folder. Busted.

Re:Kids these days (2)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975516)

Back in the 1980's one of my friends who had cable at the time used to order pay per view and swear to his mother it was an accident

Same here. Don't ever let your kids have the ability to automatically buy something

Re:Kids these days (2)

gowen (141411) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975594)

Kids, eh. Many of them don't know the difference between "who's" and "whose".

Re:Kids these days (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975680)

I put my whose into my who's wholes.

Re:Kids these days (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975878)

Er, that's not very similar. These kids downloaded a free app without their mother's knowledge. Your kids are thieves.

Great, but... (5, Insightful)

Atti K. (1169503) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975496)

I miss the Apple that made great hardware (although a little bit overpriced), and a nice OS to go with it. The iPhone/iPad/AppStore/iTunes/we-control-the-device-even-if-you-bought-it Apple that has put Macs and OS X to the background is not so nice and geeky anymore.

Re:Great, but... (2, Interesting)

Graff (532189) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975576)

I miss the Apple that made great hardware (although a little bit overpriced), and a nice OS to go with it

They still make great hardware and a nice OS to go with it. It may not be directly targeted at the geek crowd that browses Slashdot (although it can work great for those people too) but to the average person on the street it matches pretty well with what they are looking for in a computer/phone/browsing device.

Of course this isn't a popular thought here on Slashdot but hey, who needs karma anyway? I've been karma capped for years and it's all-too-easy to make up the few mod points I'll get hit for posting something against the "mainstream" here.

Re:Great, but... (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976022)

Karma doesn't matter. It used to be that you could say `it's just a number - ignore it` but it's not even a number any more. Why would anyone care what their karma was?

Re:Great, but... (1, Troll)

Raenex (947668) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976070)

Of course this isn't a popular thought here on Slashdot but hey, who needs karma anyway?

Apparently you do, because your karma whine got the +5, as it usually does on Slashdot.

Geeks versus real life facts (-1, Flamebait)

snikulin (889460) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976176)

I remember geeks denials:
1. of minicomputers when mainframes where coming to end
2. of PCs when minicomputers were dying
3. of iPad when PCs started to feel rusty
4. insert your favorite denial here

I wonder, how much one needs to beat an average geek with a hard fact over the head to make him accept it?
Also, I think an (old?) geek is one of the most conservative, unimaginative and entrenched personalities in our culture (vi/gcc/gdb chain kinda proves it).

Re:Geeks versus real life facts (2)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976424)

I remember geeks' denials:

1) When dumb terminals were going to kill the pc.
2) When smart phones were going to kill the pc.
3) When cloud computing was going to kill the pc.
4) Insert your favorite vapor/fluffware here.

And I'll see your sarcastic reminiscing and raise you an "I remember, many moons ago, when PC first beat Mac on Photoshop benchmarks." The natives were restless that night...

Also, I think an (old?) geek is one of the most conservative, unimaginative and entrenched personalities in our culture (vi/gcc/gdb chain kinda proves it).

There is one most efficient way to perform a task, and your novel idea is probably a skyhook. On the other hand, if you have a genuine improvement to the software you mention, you're able to implement it and compile it for your own use- which is more than you can say for most Apple software.

Re:Great, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976706)

Of course this isn't a popular thought here on Slashdot but hey, who needs karma anyway? I've been karma capped for years and it's all-too-easy to make up the few mod points I'll get hit for posting something against the "mainstream" here.

I'm not sure what slashdot you've been visiting, but as is evidenced by the fact that your post is now moderated to the highest it can go, this site is no longer the domain of actual neckbeard Linux users, it is now the domain of hipster Mac fanbois. The only people who get downvoted here are people who dare to say they prefer the freedom of Linux to the stifling control that is everything Apple or even the people who dare to question why yet another piece of Apple marketing has been greenlit for the slashdot front page.

OS X is in no way backgrounded (5, Informative)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975656)

has put Macs and OS X to the background is not so nice and geeky anymore.

That's not at all true. OS X and the computers they make have been updated with around the sam regularity as before. And if Apple was putting OS X in the background why would they have just launched a whole App Store dedicated to the Mac? If anything they are trying strongly to migrate some portion of the very large developer base they have amassed into doing Mac software too.

Re:OS X is in no way backgrounded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975784)

While they might not have put OSX into the background they do seem to be putting the environment & UI there. They seem to be trying to shift the usage from a few apps that do a lot to dozens of small apps that each do a few specific tasks. It wouldn't surprise me if they shift to a more iOS user interface and phase out the taskbar. In theory you can get a small image viewing app then drag it to a different app that might do HDR effects then to another that does other things to the image. Its good that you dont have to pay for hundreds of features you'll never use (Photoshop) but I can see data sharing & security becoming a nightmare. They can also be the gatekeeper for all your private data shared between your apps. The RIAA/MPAA would love them for that.

UNIX (3, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975920)

While they might not have put OSX into the background they do seem to be putting the environment & UI there. They seem to be trying to shift the usage from a few apps that do a lot to dozens of small apps that each do a few specific tasks.

Which is the UNIX approach to dong things, which has worked out very well for a long time.

Great monolithic applications are the exception, not the norm. It's a lot easier to write very useful software if you target it to a specific use.

It wouldn't surprise me if they shift to a more iOS user interface and phase out the taskbar

That would surprise me a great deal since on a device where primary input is a mouse, you need something like the dock.

They can also be the gatekeeper for all your private data shared between your apps.

Only if everything went through the cloud. But Apple is a practical company, and they know networking is inherantly a secondary service, something you cannot rely on always being present. Remember they are still not letting iOS users sync over the internet, requiring a local computer - does THAT sound like someone who is going to act as any kind of "gateway" for anyone?

If you are looking for gateways of content, look no further than Android I'd say as that sounds exactly like something Google would want to do (if nothing else than to collect data about what you sync!).

the app store censorship drives jailbraking and fo (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976120)

the app store censorship drives jailbraking and for mac os to go that way will be very bad for it.

and for locking down data shared between your apps what are you going to for users to have to upload big movies and photos to cloud? US ISP upload sucks.

Re:the app store censorship drives jailbraking and (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976428)

the app store censorship drives jailbraking and for mac os to go that way will be very bad for it.

Actually that system works out really well for iOS. Your statement makes it sound like Jailbreaking is bad.

In iOS, you have a very secure system for the beginning user, and if they choose to learn more about the system they can open it up further.

However I don't see that happening to OS X anytime soon. Computers are the way they are and you can't really transition it to a more closed model. I think Apple has done the only thing you can do to really improve security, by offering the Mac app store they give beginning users a safer place to obtain new software than through random web links.

The funny thing about your statement though is that in fact the somewhat closed nature of the Mac app store is driving a Cydia store for the Mac also!

and for locking down data shared between your apps

Why would you? iOS doesn't lock that down, anything can for instance access the photo library. What you can't do is overwrite something there.

Re:the app store censorship drives jailbraking and (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976720)

There is having a safer place for apps but censorship bans should not be part of that.

What if a I or a user wants a safe sex or fart or joke app?

Re:UNIX (4, Insightful)

lennier (44736) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976190)

Which is the UNIX approach to dong things, which has worked out very well for a long time.

Great monolithic applications are the exception, not the norm.

That was the Unix way 20 years ago. Sadly, since the rise of the huge monolithic X-Window desktop frameworks like Gnome and KDE, it's no longer the case. Even XFCE isn't all that modular.

It would be nice if the open source world had an equivalent to 'Unix pipes' for a GUI environment - at the moment, Microsoft PowerShell is looking like the best step in that direction.

Re:UNIX (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976210)

While they might not have put OSX into the background they do seem to be putting the environment & UI there. They seem to be trying to shift the usage from a few apps that do a lot to dozens of small apps that each do a few specific tasks.

Which is the UNIX approach to dong things, which has worked out very well for a long time.

So how do you pipe iApps together to perform more complex tasks?

Re:UNIX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976360)

Automator.

Graphical builder for pipelined workflows under Mac OS X

Re:UNIX (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976388)

The other answer relates to OS X, but you asked about iApps - there are two mechanisms, one is simply URL handling where you know what other applications can handle a specific data type and you call a URL to pass information (or files).

The other way is file type handling, for instance images - any application can register to be a JPG handler and any application can present a dialog asking for another application you would like to use to open a file.

In practice the biggest use of the approach is through a centralized store like the Photo library, where you take a picture with one thing and work it over with a number of different applications.

Re:UNIX (3, Informative)

dissy (172727) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976432)

Which is the UNIX approach to dong things, which has worked out very well for a long time.

So how do you pipe iApps together to perform more complex tasks?

AppleScript and Automator

Instead of being limited to only stdin, stdout, and stderr, they let you pipe objects between apps and even let you put the end result as text to use with stdin on a command line tool and back again.

There are plenty of examples [macworld.com] for both [macworld.com] languages on how to do most scripting/piping tasks with not just iApps but most OS X applications.

Script editor even lets you compile your apple scripts and automations down to applications, which gives you the same functionality as a shell script starting with #!/bin/bash and being chmod +x

Here is a nice screen shot [macosxautomation.com] of the GUI Automator editor showing the apps it can put together, some actions in the app it has selected, and the methodology for putting together each bit of the script you want to do, coincidentally using an iApp.

For anyone who's good at Excel formulas or macros, Automator will be a snap. Similarly, anyone used to shell scripting will find Apple script just as easy.

Re:Great, but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975704)

I also miss the Apple that used to be strongly supporting education, homeschoolers and small business. When they abandoned Classic they made it so that a tremendous amount of software is no longer useable and will die out. This is great software that isn't getting rewritten. It is a real loss to society. This is the problem with virtual products. With old paper publishing you could keep reading a book for hundreds of years. Now if the hardware or the operating system stop offering backward compatibility your content is lost. Sucks.

My spammer catcher word is "recycle". How ironic.

Re:Great, but... (1)

Graff (532189) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975864)

When they abandoned Classic they made it so that a tremendous amount of software is no longer useable and will die out.

You can still run a lot of those Classic Mac OS X apps, here's some links for you:

Mac OS X Hints [macworld.com]
How to run Classic (pre OS X) apps on Intel Macs
E-Maculation [emaculation.com]
Classic Macintosh emulation website
SheepShaver [cebix.net]
MacOS run-time environment for BeOS and Linux

What software is not being re-written? (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975990)

The Intel switch happened long ago. The only software I can think of that's not really been re-writen that is a major loss, is Framemaker. Apple was actually amazingly good about supporting older software for as long as they could, with Rosetta and making compiling Mac applications to universal binaries fairly easy. In fact I don't know if there's a single OS maker that has EVER been able to transition architectures the way Apple did and thrive instead of die (though a large part of that of course was switching to a more mainstream processor).

Apple still supports small business just fine - I know because I get a small business discount, and the Apple people have been very helpful.

As mentioned by another poster if there's something you really, really need to run you can do so in emulation. But there's pretty much no pre-OS X software I can think of that was Mac oriented, that has not been pulled forward into the modern era of Intel OS X.

Re:Great, but... (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975836)

Um, Apple just reported record sales of Macs just last week [apple.com] . The computer division doesn't get the press as much as it used to but it doesn't mean they aren't still a vital part of the company. I suppose since Apple retired their "I'm a Mac" commercials it gets less attention from the press.

Re:Great, but... (2)

Atti K. (1169503) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975956)

They don't get as much press as they used to, because they don't update the Mac lineup as often as they used to. And regarding the OS... two years after 10.6, what will 10.7 bring new? Fullscreen apps and an iPad-style homescreen or whatnot. Come on. Of couse, as long as Macs sell well, but iPads and iPhones sell even better, Apple will focus more on the development of iOS and the devices it runs on.

Re:Great, but... (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34977068)

You can check it out on wikipedia for yourself. They seem to update their laptops and desktops about every 6 months. It's only perception that they don't update their lineup as often as they used to. In some regards, they update them more often than they used to. As for 10.7, they have only hinted at some of the features which have not been finalized.

Re:Great, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976064)

That's what we call, wishful thinking.

Where was I when this Apple existed?

Re:Great, but... (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976224)

My Macbook Pro is as good (better even in my opinion) than previous macbooks. It's effectively like having a polish Linux system and I can control it fully. If I want to uninstall iTunes it'd be more than happy to and I feel no need to use it.

I'm not saying the way they handle their portables is perfect or what I'd like but their laptops and desktops are still excellent and make wintel machines feel cheap and awful.

Re:Great, but... (1)

elbles (516589) | more than 3 years ago | (#34976898)

My MacBook Pro (the last generation of discrete models) is a very well-built machine, but in some ways, it's a step back from the PowerBook G4 I had prior to it (very little things, like the speakers audibly turning on and off after listening to something, the wi-fi introducing a bit of background noise while on, etc.). The unibody ones are obviously very solid too, but I really hate the new touchpad, and the bezel bothers me a bit too. Little things for sure, but it used to be all the little things that added up to make Macs that much better.

And not all Wintel machines are built like garbage. ThinkPads are still world-class, even if they aren't much to look at. I got a X60s on eBay a few weeks ago to carry around with me, and it's built even better than my Mac.

Lame get (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975566)

fucking noobs

So where are their Golden Arches? (2, Funny)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975584)

I am waiting for the Big App, and Quarter Program with Cheese.

How do I get a refund? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975662)

I just bought the Scrabble app and there are two problems, firstly it uses the American dictionary (I refuse to use the -ize ending) and secondly it allows words that aren't real words: I might be wrong but I'm pretty sure "Qualmier" isn't a cromulent word at all!

Re:How do I get a refund? (1)

Rising Ape (1620461) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975700)

The -ize ending is valid in non-American English too, it isn't an Americanism.

Re:How do I get a refund? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976252)

Yeah in the word 'size' maybe. In almost anything else it's an Americanism. Those Irish potato famine victims who went to the US weren't very good at spelling ;-)

Re:How do I get a refund? (2)

benwiggy (1262536) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976202)

-ize has only stopped being standard British English in the last 20 years. Check the Oxford English Dictionary, where most words are still given the ize suffix as default, with -ise as an accepted alternative.

However, there were a handful of exceptions that were strictly spelled with -ise, and because it was thoguht a greater crime to spell them with a z than to spell the remainder with an s, -ise became popular through the rule: "if in doubt, use an s".

There's even an episode of the 80s TV detective series Morse, where he questions the authenticity of suicide note, because "No Oxford man would spell 'realize' with an s".

Re:How do I get a refund? (1)

Cimexus (1355033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34977288)

Interesting. I'm 28 and can never remember being taught anything but -ise, and was always told -ize is American.

Mind you I'm Australian. It's possible that -ize was historically more acceptable in Britain than here, or that we shifted from -ize to -ise at an earlier date. This kind of stuff fascinates me...

The question being... (4, Interesting)

hipp5 (1635263) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975790)

...what does one do with $10,000 to iTunes? I'd be hard-pressed to find 10,000 songs or apps that I liked. Does it work on the mac app store? Because I could see using it then for expensive productivity software.

Re:The question being... (1)

jhmaughan (865200) | more than 2 years ago | (#34975998)

I was about to say yes because you can use the same Apple ID with iTunes and with the Mac App store. But then I noticed two different balances displayed in my Mac store versus iTunes store, though they are the same ID. Which is odd given that I've never bought from the Mac App store so I don't know where the $0.93 came from. So I'm guessing that I may have had some dollars loaded on iTunes before and then was given an iTunes card for Christmas which I redeemed. So perhaps the gift cards only go with iTunes?

Re:The question being... (2)

Cronock (1709244) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976392)

I bought a bunch of iTunes gift cards with Best Buy gift cards I got for christmas because not one thing at Best Buy is a good deal, so figured I'd get some Mac programs I had been putting off getting until I ran into some spare cash.
I checked my account on the Mac App Store and it matches that of my iTunes credit balance.

Re:The question being... (3)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34977120)

The balance should be the same. My balances are the same in iTunes and in the Mac App Store and both go down when I purchase something from either store. The $10,000 this lady won will work in either store.

Re:The question being... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976276)

Sign up as a dev with a single useless hello world app for $10000...then buy it with the gift card?

Re:The question being... (2)

hipp5 (1635263) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976732)

Sign up as a dev with a single useless hello world app for $10000...then buy it with the gift card?

Yeah, but after Apple takes their cut you'll be left with $12.

Re:The question being... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34976926)

You are marked as funny but this might actually work.

Apple's cut is 30 percent + $99 for the annual fee + whatever, you probably still have about $6k.

Re:The question being... (2)

kozchris1 (946384) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976318)

Yes, if you setup your App Store account using your iTunes account information.

Ditch cable for life. (2)

pavon (30274) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976350)

I don't think the money has an expiration date on it. You could buy a meager 5 albums per year at $10 each, 4 seasons of television shows at $50 a piece, and rent 12 movies per year at $4 a pop, for a total of $300/year, and would run out out of money in 33 years.

Illiterate cuntbags (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975886)

The winner of the $10k is Gail Davis, a British woman who's children

Who is children?

Re:Illiterate cuntbags (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976506)

Not really Gail Davis had several children with the Doctor whom then left her in his Tardis.

biznatcH (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34975932)

Don't 3ant to ffel TURNED OVER TO YET

WINDOWS PHONE 7 MARKET PLACE CURRENTLY AT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976004)

18 downloads !!

What's 10 billion divided by 18 ??

Re:WINDOWS PHONE 7 MARKET PLACE CURRENTLY AT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976550)

55555555.555555555

Greek math rulez!

This doesn't compute (1)

lurker412 (706164) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976112)

OK, let's do some very, very rough calculations here: assume that there are six billion people on the planet and that a third of them own a computer with Internet access. That's two billion. Assume that Mac users are 10% of that group. that's 200 million. In order to account for 10 billion apps, the mean downloads/person would be 50. Really? Since the vast majority of Mac users already had the apps they needed before the store opened, I find this very hard to believe.

Re:This doesn't compute (2)

WMD_88 (843388) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976134)

You don't need a Mac to buy iPhone apps.

Re:This doesn't compute (1)

lurker412 (706164) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976142)

OK, let's do some very, very rough calculations here: assume that there are six billion people on the planet and that a third of them own a computer with Internet access. That's two billion. Assume that Mac users are 10% of that group. that's 200 million. In order to account for 10 billion apps, the mean downloads/person would be 50. Really? Since the vast majority of Mac users already had the apps they needed before the store opened, I find this very hard to believe.

Never mind...I forgot that the app store is for iPhones, iPods, and and iWhatevers. Save your flames for more important things.

Re:This doesn't compute (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976226)

shut up, faggot

Re:This doesn't compute (1)

Idimmu Xul (204345) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976288)

I've probably downloaded 50 free apps from the app store for my iPhone, they all suck and have mostly been deleted, but it's not that tricky!

Re:This doesn't compute (3, Insightful)

Cimexus (1355033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34977310)

Yeah a lot of people take the 'download all the free apps you can find, try them and delete the bad ones' approach. Easy to get to 10B that way. If they were all paid apps (even cheapo ones at $1.99 or whatever) they probably wouldn't have even got to 1B yet.

McMAC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976124)

Over 10B Macs Served. I would prefer an Android with fries over that.

Slashdot is now officially pathetic (2, Insightful)

mveloso (325617) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976140)

It's pathetic how lame slashdot has gotten over the last few years.

10 billion of anything is an amazing number. 10 billion apps is amazing, especially given that the app store didn't even exist a few years ago. That means that a huge percentage of the installed base actually uses the app store. That's a lot of hits. That's a lot of usability thinking. That's a whole lot of infrastructure.

You haters who think Apple sucks - they have an infrastructure capable of billing, invoicing, tracking, and serving up 10 billion plus items; the same infrastructure is used for iTunes. 1% of their traffic would crush your website. They have enough stuff, created by developers, that they can sell 10 billion of them. That's a lot of SDK downloads. That's a lot of developers. Most importantly, that's a lot of money, both spent on infrastructure and spent by consumers.

10 billion apps is around 127 apps per second for 2.5 years, if my math is correct. And it's all what, backed by WebObjects?

Re:Slashdot is now officially pathetic (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34976352)

BS, they got 3rd parties to do most of the work for them.. .You know, actually designing the apps!!! Apple just milked other peoples work.

Re:Slashdot is now officially pathetic (2)

rrossman2 (844318) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976374)

Seriously, you think THAT is a big deal? How about Amazon, who not only does the billing, invoicing, tracking, serving, but also SHIPPING and RETURNS. Now THAT is an impressive feat.

"On March 26, 2010, Amazon had a higher market cap than Target Corporation, Home Depot, Costco, Barnes and Noble, and Best Buy, only lagging that of Walmart among American brick and mortar retailers"

Re:Slashdot is now officially pathetic (2)

tsj5j (1159013) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976692)

Seriously, you think THAT is a big deal? How about Amazon, who not only does the billing, invoicing, tracking, serving, but also SHIPPING and RETURNS. Now THAT is an impressive feat.

"On March 26, 2010, Amazon had a higher market cap than Target Corporation, Home Depot, Costco, Barnes and Noble, and Best Buy, only lagging that of Walmart among American brick and mortar retailers"

The difference is Amazon has been around since 1994, but the App Store has only been around for the past 2.5 years. (We're only counting apps, not music, here.)

Their explosive growth is impressive because:
- It shows their ability to get their users to actually buy and/or use the apps on their devices.
- It shows their ability to attract and gather a great number of developers in a short span of 2.5 years.
- It shows their ability to maintain an infrastructure sufficient to handle that traffic.

Glad that's over (1)

Pesticidal (1148911) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976154)

Now I can start downloading apps again without fear of being involuntarily opted in to a global competition and publicly identified as the winner.

Engineering and Science at Work to Improve (2)

foobsr (693224) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976186)

From TFA: "marking a milestone involving an awful lot of Doodle Jump, Tap Tap Revenge and Angry Birds playing, not to mention Facebook and Pandora usage

Yes, yes, progress.

CC.

Awkward (1)

Octopuscabbage (1932234) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976196)

It was a bit awkward when they told her what app her son had downloaded. Apparently she did not approve of "Almost nude sexy girls on the beach."

What about? (1)

antgly (1409541) | more than 2 years ago | (#34976704)

No word on the Mac App Store's success... (snicker)

Re:What about? (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34977094)

Considering that it only launched on January 6, any impact of it will be negligible compared to the iOS app store at this time.

How much will it cost them? (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | more than 3 years ago | (#34977216)

We know about the 30% cut for applications, but what about music, movies and TV series?

Let's see... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34977424)

July of 2008 to April of 2009 is...10 months.

April of 2009 to January 2011 is...22 months

If these trends continue....aaaayy!

Wiki site (0)

ew5engineer (1979136) | more than 3 years ago | (#34977504)

This is an invitation to all to check out www.merlinslibrary.com, a wiki site where you can upload all your favorite links to help each other find good sites. All you need to do is just find the appropriate topic or create a new article and upload the link. It's that easy! So check out www.merlinslibrary.com
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