With Apple announcing that its App Store had reached the impressive 15 billion downloads mark, research company Asymco has crunched the numbers and, as it turns out, the App Store has now surpassed the iTunes music store in download rankings.

This conclusion comes after a bit of detective work based off Apple’s announcement a month ago that it had served 15 billion songs. Asymco believes app sales have now overtaken song sales- an impressive feat…

“It was only a few weeks ago (at WWDC) that we had an update on the app store growth rates. The data was presented here.

One of the data points from the event was that iTunes hit 15 billion song downloads. Last week we heard that iTunes also hit 15 billion app downloads.

The milestones were reached within less than a month so it’s a fairly safe assumption that apps have overtaken songs.”

According to Asymco, apps are currently being downloaded at the rate of 31 million each and every month- around a million downloads a day.

“The app download rate is now at least 31 million per month while the song download rate is about 12 million per month. Including books (but excluding video content), the App Store in now delivering at least 44 million new content downloads per month.”

Notice the mention of iBooks? The less said about Apple’s seemingly failed attempt to take on Amazon’s Kindle, the better.

Apple’s App Store continues to grow stronger, with more apps being added daily and more customers buying iDevices across the globe.

Can anyone slow Apple’s dominance in a smartphone industry it didn’t create, but most certainly made mainstream? Will Google’s Android win through its sheer number of devices?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the app sales numbers that keep coming out of Apple these days. Let us know in the comments!

  • Rick

    Very few people actually buy music these days, lol, and on the Android thing, it’s possible google could still have a chance…maybe

    • Dane

      Doesn’t surprise me. I have not paid for music in a very long time. If I did I would not spend 99¢ a song. I pirate every album in my iTunes but even if I didn’t, there are legit ways to get music cheaper such as pandora which let’s you stream unlimited combined w the skip hack in cydia always has enough good music for a car ride or jog. Also Rhapsody and Zune are much more affordable if you are buying music

      • Jen

        Where and how can I get music and decent apps?? I just recently got my iPhone and don’t know much about all this. Any help would be appreciated. I have Cydia now but I can’t find any good songs or apps.

    • Jimbo

      lol i’m surprised people buy the apps either, i’m all for buying but lets be honest, 99% of what Apple let into the App Store is pure shit, they should focus on quality not quantity but that wouldn’t make them as much money now would it lol