Apple opened its online App Store on July 11, 2008, with 500 applications that could be downloaded to the iPhone, Andy Boxall writes. "[N]ot only has Apple's store changed the mobile industry, but it has also changed the way we shop for software, the way we spend our free time, and even the gadgets we buy in the first place," Boxall writes. Five years later, the company says 50 billion apps have been downloaded and there are about 900,000 apps available. "To say the App Store has been a success is an understatement," Boxall writes.

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