In my last post, I reviewed a bunch of data about the applications on the App Store, and that pointed to more than 9,000 applications on the store. Now, word is out that the App Store has crossed 10,000 applications. So, I did a quick refresh of my data, and looks to me like the store is still a bit short of 10,000 with 9,774 applications actually active in the store.
My utility literally crawls the iTunes store to find out the applications, so I have faith that the data I have is accurate. So I’m not sure what accounts for the discrepancy in the numbers. Could be applications that were approved and then taken down. Could be applications that were taken down voluntarily by the application developers. Either way, looks to me like we’re still a couple days away from having 10,000 active applications.
Edit: Note that the folks at AppSherpa offer the following clarifying note, confirming my suspicion:
What these sites are not accounting for is that many applications, after being listed on the iTunes store, have either been pulled by Apple, or the developer. So, while it is true that 10,000 apps have been released, it is not true that 10,000 Apps currently available to download.
Well played, AppSherpa.