The iPhone Apps Store Launches

The apps store has launched on the most recent version of iTunes. There are tons of apps (500 approx), most of which appear to be free. Here are some screen captures:

Itunes store 1

iPhone applications

iphone social apps

Eventful

Where

Yellowpages.com

Yelp

I haven't counted all the location-aware apps but there are a range of them.

As we've argued in the past its the applications and software that will ultimate distance the iPhone from capable imitators and would be "iPhone Killers." We'll see if Blackberry and Android can build up a similar developer ecosystem and set of applications.

Publishers are generally struggling with Apple's fetish for control. At the opposite end Android will exercise almost no control over apps developed for the platform, when it finally goes live.

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Here's a price distribution chart for the applications. Meanwhile, the Blackberry "iPhone Killer" falters?