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iPod touch "most popular portable game player in the world"

Tue 04 Oct 2011 5:50pm GMT / 1:50pm EDT / 10:50am PDT
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67 Million users signed up to Apple Gamecentre, updated with achievements

Apple's Phil Schiller has announced that the iPod touch is now the world's most popular portable gaming device, according to Apple statistics.

"Not only is it the most popular music player in the world, but we're excited to announce it's now also the most popular portable game player in the world," said Schiller.

Apple also revealed that over 68 million users are signed up to its Gamecentre network, which has been updated to feature friends' photos, friend recommendations and achievement points.

Apple also revealed that it had paid out over $3 billion to App Store developers, with 18 billion apps having been downloaded in total. Apps are currently downloaded at the rate of 1 billion a month.

The update was announced at the ongoing event in Cupertino, where the previously leaked iPhone 4S is likely to be confirmed.

The current iPhone 4 represents over half of all iPhone units ever sold, said new CEO Tim Cook, and iPhone now constitutes 5 per cent of the global handset market.

10 Comments

Sergio Rosa
"Somewhat-Creative Director"

62 35 0.6
Unfortunately quantity numbers and quality of content don't always go together.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

1,090 1,044 1.0
We need a new word for shovelware, because this is no longer shoveling. I have seen shovels, they are too small.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Jason Pullara
Podcaster

28 70 2.5
There are statistics, marketing, bullshit, and then there's an Apple Press Conference.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jason Pullara on 4th October 2011 8:38pm

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Haven Tso
Web-based Game Reviewer

255 8 0.0
I think it is misleading to make this kind of statement because iPod Touch is an integrated machine and iPhone is a phone. Neither of them is a dedicated portable gaming machine

Posted:2 years ago

#4
$3bn? Is that all? Surely the iTouch/iPod/iPhone/iPad would have to be the least successful (major) console/handheld ever in terms of revenue.

Posted:2 years ago

#5

Neil Young
Programmer

296 369 1.2
According to wikipedia, the DS can claim well over double that.

Posted:2 years ago

#6
Except the iPod Touch is not a portable game player, nor is it marketted as one. What exactly is Apple trying to prove?

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Ryan Wiancko
Creative Producer

5 6 1.2
Completely horseshit as usual out of this Orwellian company.

As of January there were 160 iOS devices sold in total and the iPod touch has typically represented 1/3 of these says(or roughly 53 Million units). Let's compare that to 148,500,000 DS's sold and 118,690,000 original Gameboy's sold.

Posted:2 years ago

#8
Excuse me, but the DS has sold over 100 million units right? 100 million is a bigger number than 70 million right?

Posted:2 years ago

#9

Irvin Franklin
Studying Game Design Bachelors Program

3 0 0.0
Last time I checked, the iPod Touch was a portable music device capable of playing flash games... Im pretty sure that means it is not marketed as a "portable game player", but hey, I could be wrong.

And it says they have 68 million accounts, not 68 million accounts that are active, or that have actually paid for a game... My little sister has an iPod Touch, and though she has a "game account" she has never paid for a single game. She just uses it to get all the freeware versions.

Lets compare that to the over 100 million DS's on the market and the fact that the games for those are much more expensive and generally dont come as 'lite' versions for free.

Apple, please shut up. Thanks.

Posted:2 years ago

#10

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