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Apple's iTunes App Store turns 1

Company is celebrating by promoting some of its favorite apps and games from among the more than 50,000 in stock.

The iTunes App Store is 1 year old this week, and Apple is celebrating by promoting some of its favorite apps and games. The company's promotion isn't modest:

Light a candle and cue the music. OK, forgive us for sounding like doting parents, but we're just so proud--having watched the App Store go from promising newcomer to full-fledged revolutionary. To celebrate its first birthday, we've gathered some of our favorite games and apps. Part fun. Part function. Entirely amazing.

Apple has plenty to brag about. In one year, the App Store's virtual shelves have stocked more than 50,000 apps, hosted more than 1 billion app downloads, and changed the way cell phone owners use their handsets. But the store has generated plenty of controversy, too. Developers have had their apps rejected for obscure reasons and for no discernible reason whatsoever. And plenty of developers have complained loudly about what they say is mistreatment by Apple.

We'd like to know your experiences. Are you an iPhone developer with iTunes App Store experiences good or bad? Can you share your take on the iPhone app approval process or iPhone OS SDK limitations? Got comments you'd like to make about your experience with the iTunes App Store during its first year of operation? Please send an e-mail to or leave a message in the TalkBack section below.