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Apple’s App Store now offers a selection of over 250,000 apps — a record reached in just a little over two years since the App Store first opened its digital doors. Further insight revealed that the average price of a paid application is now $2.67.

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Apple’s App Store now offers a selection of over a quarter of a million apps — a record reached in just a little over two years since the App Store first opened its digital doors.

The 250,000 milestone, a figure which Apple will no doubt mention at its upcoming September 1 media-event, was recorded by 148Apps, who released the newly collected data this weekend. Its numbers detailed that over 50,000 developers are now actively working on the iOS platform, with them submitting an average of 626 applications per day. Further insight revealed that the average price of a paid application is now $2.67.

148Apps new data noted that Apple’s App Store now plays host to exactly 252,227 iPad and iPhone applications. This sizable figure paints a vibrant picture of the success of Apple’s application store, which dwarfs the competition by a large margin. The second largest application store is Google’s Android Market, which is estimated to have around 100,000 applications available. Other application stores, including BlackBerry’s and Nokia’s, have a significantly smaller number of apps available for their platforms.

With new applications being added to the store every day, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find and discover new content. Of course, users can use the Genius tool to find recommendations, ask friends, or check out Apple’s own new and notable suggestions. Beyond that, application discovery is becoming a more tedious task as every day goes by. With the App Store racing towards its next milestone of 300,000 available apps, what changes would you like to see to the way in which you can find new downloads?

Let us know your thoughts on the App Store and what your favorite apps are in the comments!

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  1. People often complain online that apps are hard to find. I don’t get that at all, the search function works fine for me, and as you say, there are other ways, genius, etc… to find them as well. Also, there are web sites ranking them and making recommendations. What more could they do to help you find 1 program out of a quarter million???

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  2. The actual ‘average price’ for an App Store app should be either the median or a weighted average– in either case, it’s significantly less than $2.67– more like about $1.50.

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  3. I don’t have a favorite app, per se, just use several apps constantly. How many apps are enough, I wonder? I’m interested because earlier today I had a (non scientific) poll on my site asking Blackberry users if they felt they were missing out by having a mere 10,000 apps. I assumed with 10,000 apps the overwhelming response would be they have more than enough. In fact, almost half said they are missing out because Apple and Android offer so many more.

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  4. One of my favorite apps is Sleep Blaster, an alarm clock that can wake you up when you cross a geographical boundary line that you draw on a map. I have to say I’m surprised Apple didn’t include a feature like this in the iOS 4.0 update.

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  5. The first thing Apple should do, is to extend the capabilities of the AppStore app integrated in the iPad. I really like browsing the AppStore with my iPad but unfortunately the AppStore on iPad lakes much of the features which are available in iTunes, like the variety of different Top lists or different “New & noteworthy” lists. …and I always get an error when I try to activate Genius. Hope there will be an update soon…

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  6. I wish there was a way to put apps on your “wish” or “watching” list so you can come back to them later. I also wish the more expensive apps – $10+ – would allow you to try them for a trial period of time or would allow you to purchase a lite version. There is nothing worse than paying more than $10 for an app only to find out it isn’t what you need.

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