Yes, he’s back.
When the Apple event started today, CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to a very long standing ovation. He used his opening remarks to talk about the importance of organ donation. Jobs noted that he now had the liver of a person in their mid-20s who died in a car crash. Jobs urged everyone to think about organ donation, as it saved his life.
After that, Jobs thanked Apple’s executive team, and especially Tim Cook, who steered Apple’s ship in his absence.
But then it was time for Jobs to quickly move into some impressive statistics. Here are a handful of them:
- 30 million iPhone have now been sold worldwide in a little over 2 years.
- There are now over 75,000 apps in the App Store
- There have now been some 1.8 billion App Store downloads
- The 3.1 update for iPhone and iPod touch is launching today.
- iTunes is now the #1 music retailer in the world
- 8.5 billion songs have been downloaded from iTunes
- There are now 100,000,000 accounts on iTunes, making it one of the largest stores on the web
- iTunes 9 is launching today, with a revamped look and feel
- It also features a Genius feature for the App Store (*ahem*)
- An easier way to organize apps on the iPhone and iPod touch
- iTunes LPs (this is the “Cocktail” feature)
Later, Phil Schiller took the stage to share some other impressive numbers:
- Apple has sold over 220 million iPods to date
- It’s one of the most successful products in history
- In the U.S., the iPod has 73.8% market share
- The next biggest MP3 player is “other” with 18%
- “Microsoft pulling in the rear with just about 1%”
- There have been over 20 million iPod touches sold.
- So combined that’s 50 million iPhones and iPod touches.
- 21,178 games and entertainment titles in the App Store now
- Compare that to 3,680 on the Nintendo DS and 607 on the Sony PSP
- Over 100 million sold
- By far the most popular MP3 player
- Now has a built-in video camera, and it’s 1/5th the width of a Flip cam, and is 1/10th the volume.
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