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Apple App Store tops 10,000 applications

Company has released numbers for the iPhone App Store, boasting that more than 300 million applications have been downloaded.

CNET Networks / Josh Lowensohn

Apple has announced catalog and download numbers for iPhone applications in the form of a full-page ad that ran in Friday's edition of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

The ad, which can be seen after the page break, boasts that more than 300 million applications have been downloaded from a catalog that now tops 10,000 different apps. That information confirms recent reports on the total number of available programs. Still missing, however, is any sort of breakdown on how many of those 300 million downloads were free versus paid applications.

As Apple pointed out in an e-mail to CNET News, the App Store launched in early July with just 500 applications, and has reached the 10,000 benchmark in less than half a year.

The ad, which appeared in several major newspapers Friday, showcases several popular apps, as well as indicating the size of the App Store. Apple