iTunes U reaches more than 600 million downloads

Launched in 2007, iTunes U is an Apple service that lets teachers distribute classroom content to students easily over the Internet. It’s available at over 1,000 universities in 123 countries.

In the four years since launch, the program can boast of 600 million downloads, with more than 300 million occurring in the last year. Unlike many online services that are US-centric, iTunes U is decidedly international with 60% of users residing outside the US.

Among the participating schools, Open University and Stanford University are at the top of the download list with over 30 million downloads each. The bulk of the downloads are done on a desktop, but a growing percentage (30%) are gaining access to content from an iOS device.

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Apple shuts down OS X Downloads Page.

Do you remember Apple’s OS X Downloads page? That page used to be a resource for many of the best apps and widgets on the Mac.

We say “used to” because the OS X Downloads page has actually been shut down and replaced with a pretty Mac App Store banner.

Apple emailed its developers back in December with the following message,

“Because we believe the Mac App Store will be the best destination for users to discover, purchase, and download your apps, we will no longer offer apps on the Mac OS X Downloads site. Instead, beginning January 6, we will be directing users to explore the range of apps available on the Mac App Store.

We appreciate your support of the Mac platform and hope you’ll take advantage of this new opportunity to showcase your apps to even more users.”

It took over six months, but Apple has finally closed the doors on the OS X Downloads page. This move precedes the launch of OS X Lion, which will be offered exclusively through the Mac App Store.

Before the Mac App Store, the OS X Downloads page was the best place for developers to showcase their apps. Apple’s intense focus on its App Store ecosystem no longer leaves room for a resource like the OS X Downloads page.

Widgets for the Mac can still be accessed through a new, independent webpage. It’s unclear as to whether Apple will implement a widget category into the Mac App Store.

App Store passes 15 Billion downloads

Wow it seems as if all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users do is download apps, earlier today Apple announced that 15 billion apps have been downloaded in the three years the App store has been open.

Some 200 million iOS users have downloaded an average of 75 apps to get that total, according to the Cupertino, Calif. company. The App Store now contains a total of 425,000 apps – 100,000 native iPad entries. Whats really interesting however is that 1 billion apps were downloaded in just the last month, by comparison, it took nine months for the first 1 billion apps to be downloaded.

Personally my iPhone currently holds more than 100 Apps how about yours?  Do you have more or less than 75 apps on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know.

Apple to introduce new downloads window in Safari for Lion

A few days ago it was discovered that Apple is building in a new feature to Safari called Reading List. The feature works like Instapaper and allows users to save web pages for later viewing. Now Italian Mac site Melamorsicata.it has discovered another tweak set for Safari v. 5.1 in Lion — a revision of the downloads window.

As you can see in the image above, Safari now sports a downloads button next to the Google search field (this button’s location is presumably changeable, as are all Safari toolbar buttons). When you have an active download in progress, the button will show a blue progress bar, ala the progress bar found on app icons when you are downloading and installing them on an iOS device.

Clicking on the downloads button will bring up a new pop-up menu that displays all current and past downloads. This isn’t an earth shattering feature, but it will make it easier for novice users who aren’t familiar with calling up the downloads window to find it.

65% of movies sold online in 2010 were sold through iTunes.

Like many of our friends, movies online are mainly bought through iTunes, now a report from IHS Screen Digest puts exact numbers on the downloads, according to TUAW iTunes is the top seller of downloadable movies, controlling two thirds of the total market.

It is important to remember that these numbers are from the actual purchase of movies from iTunes, not streaming internet rentals such as those offered by Netflix. The closest runner up to Apple’s success was Microsoft, who only sold a quarter of the movies that Apple did. If you add up all the non-Apple online retail outlets for electronic movies, they make up a little more than 1/3rd of the available sales. Of course, selling movies online is a relatively new business and things could change in 2011. In the meantime, it seems if you want to sell a movie online, you really need to be on iTunes.

A quarter of all apps are only used once.

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This is interesting news, especially for the developers among our readers, according to Localytics, Mobile device users are becoming more picky about the Apps they use, with 28 percent of Apps only ever getting used once after being downloaded.

Analytics firm Localytics makes the claims in a report they released recently, furthermore they stress that developers must focus on first impressions within pleasing user exeperiences.

Localytics studied the thousands of Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 apps using its real-time app analytics service. It found one-time use rose considerably across 2010, from 22 percent in Q1 to 28 percent in Q4.

How about you? Do you download apps and then only use them once? Leave a comment below.

10 Billionth App just downloaded from the App Store

Well that didn’t take long, the App Store has just passed the 10 billion download mark, currently they are selling Apps at a rate of 70 million Apps every three days, the store has more than 400,000 Apps on the shelves. According to CNET.com 1,000 apps are downloaded every three seconds.

It will be interesting to see what the 10 Billionth downloaded App was, and who the lucky winner is!

With all the hype around the different App stores you almost forget that the original iPhone came without the possibility of installing extra apps, it took a whole year before Apple finally launched the App Store.

90% of all iOS users run 4.X

Chances are at least some of you have Bump installed on your iOS device, according to the guys behind the iPhone app that allows you to quickly and easily exchange contacts by bumping hands their App has been installed on more than 25 million devices.

Now they have released a set of stats about its users that says almost 90% of 25 million users are already running some version of iOS 4.0 or above. Furthermore they state that 10% of its users are still running some form of iOS 3.0, and just two percent of users are stuck back on iOS 2.0. Within the 4.0 crowd, 52.89% are running the latest version of 4.2.1, with 27.5% still running 4.1.