iPhone Sales and App Downloads Amaze

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If the first weekend of iPhone sales and app downloads are any indication, the mobile era is about to match and possibly exceed every expectation set forth.

More than one million iPhones were sold this past weekend (Friday - Sunday) across 21 countries worldwide. By comparison, the first generation sold one million units in 74 days. And that's despite some stores running out of inventory.

What might be even more impressive is that 10 million apps were download during the same time frame. Now that includes the new 3G iPhone and older iPhones with the software upgrade. And that's despite many stores having problems activating the phones on the spot and overloads that caused the App Store to crash on occasion. It says that mobile users are ready for a full-on mobile Web experience - and they're willing to pay for it. Specifics are not available but many of the most popular apps are paid, ranging in price from $0.99 to $9.99 and up. That means that if you're a solid developer, there's gold in them thar hills!

It's interesting that the top paid apps are overwhelming of the gaming and entertainment variety while the top free apps are of a more useful function - including three social networking apps. A good sign that social networking has a wide-open opportunity to become a truly ubiquitous, global phenomenon that could forever change how humans interact.

The top paid apps downloaded so far:
  1. Super Monkey Ball (game)
  2. Texas Hold'em (game)
  3. Enigmo (game)
  4. Crash Bandicoot (game)
  5. MLB.com At Bat (sports - real-time scores and in-game video highlights)
  6. Cro-Mag Rally (game)
  7. iBeer (entertainment - an app that turns your screen into a "drinkable" beer mug)
  8. TETRIS (game)
  9. Moto Racer (game)
  10. Scrabble (game)

The top free apps downloaded so far:
  1. Remote (entertainment - control your Apple TV or music on your computer from your iPhone)
  2. AIM (social networking)
  3. WeatherBug (weather)
  4. Facebook (social networking)
  5. Pandora Radio (music)
  6. PhoneSaber (entertainment - your iPhone turns into a light-saber, complete with swinging sounds)
  7. AOL Radio (music)
  8. MySpace Mobile (social networking)
  9. Tap Tap Revenge (game)
  10. Google Mobile App (reference)

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