tvOS App Store After One Month: 2,624 Apps in Total, Entertainment Apps Most Popular With Consumers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    It's been more than a month since tvOS and the tvOS App Store launched alongside the new fourth-generation Apple TV, marking a good time to take a look at the state of the tvOS App Store. AppFigures today published some figures on tvOS apps, giving us an overview of the new App Store's progress since it launched.

    There are a total of 2,624 apps available in the tvOS App Store, and AppFigures expects growth to hit 5,000 apps in January and 10,000 apps early in 2016, with an average of 447 apps being added to the tvOS App Store each week. At that growth rate, tvOS is closely mirroring the growth of the original iOS App Store. In July of 2008, the iOS App Store launched with 500 apps, and expanded to 9,676 apps four months later in November of 2008.


    At six months, the iOS App Store was at 15,000 apps and 500 million downloads, so it will be interesting to see if the tvOS App Store keeps pace. As of now, its growth rate compared to the growth rate of the iOS App Store is promising -- in a few years, the tvOS App Store could closely resemble the iOS App Store in terms of app availability.

    Of course, Apple will need to entice developers to the platform for it to be as successful as the iOS App Store, and that could be an uphill battle. TouchArcade editor-in-chief Eli Hodapp recently spoke to multiple tvOS developers who have popular apps and games in the tvOS App Store, many of whom are earning $100 "on a good day" with revenue that's been trailing off since the Apple TV launched.

    The tvOS App Store may be growing steadily, but if Apple can't encourage developers to create high-quality content for the platform, it could go the way of the Mac App Store instead of the iOS App Store. Aside from a handful of super popular apps, most Mac App Store apps aren't bringing in a lot of money and some developers are even abandoning the platform because of the way Apple has handled it.

    There are no ads available in tvOS apps, so developers must charge money up front or generate revenue through in-app purchases. A lot of people have come to expect content for free through the iOS App Store, which is problematic. According to AppFigures, 39 percent of apps on the tvOS App Store are paid apps. Most paid apps are priced at $0.99, and almost all paid apps are priced below $4.99.


    When it comes to the composition of apps in the tvOS App Store, games are, unsurprisingly, the most popular category, making up 38 percent of all Apple TV apps. Of the 2,624 apps available, 1,002 of those are in the Games category. Entertainment, which includes apps like Netflix or Hulu, is the second most popular category, followed by Education and Lifestyle.


    Though games are the most prolific apps in the tvOS App Store, based on the top 50 most downloaded apps, customers are more interested in the Entertainment category, downloading apps like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go. Games is the second most popular download category, followed by News.

    AppFigures data was gathered from its Appbase app catalog, which contains more than four million apps from all major app stores, including Apple TV apps.

    Article Link: tvOS App Store After One Month: 2,624 Apps in Total, Entertainment Apps Most Popular With Consumers
  2. Jeaz macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2009
    Great start to the new Apple TV! But would love to see more "premium" games. Like SquareEnix brining some of the Final Fantasy games they have out for iOS to tvOS.
  3. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I am disappointed in the app selection so far, seems like a lot of one button jumping games, but it is still early.

    Also, still no Amazon.

    I was hoping for something more.
  4. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    No surprise gaming has stole the spotlight here.

    Any idea on which apps are $59.99?
  5. Karma*Police macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2012
    I agree, higher quality games are needed. That said, I'm loving my 4th gen Apple TV. I use it so much more than the last gen and I rarely watch regular TV now... Just a few live events here and there.
  6. JimmyHook, Dec 10, 2015
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    JimmyHook macrumors 6502a

    Apr 7, 2015
    Best. Streaming box. Ever. Apple is doing amazing work lately!!!
  7. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Apps will define these boxes soon.

    Queue: But but but its not a Roku.
  8. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    We need high quality games, Amazon Prime videos, and a NFL Season Pass where games are live!
  9. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    Imagine how many apps would be out there if only Apple had released an appstore for ATV a couple of years ago. Delayed, but, getting there.
  10. kevinacote17 macrumors newbie


    Jan 6, 2015
    They need to do something about the siri remote requirement for game controls. I feel like most developers don't want to dumb down controls or reinvent controls for the siri remote. I'm surprised Apple didn't just make their own game controller and sell it as an accessory.
  11. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    One button jump games. Could that be a consequence of the requirement for full operation via the remote? I don't have an ATV4 so I'm just guessing.
  12. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    The original iPhone app store had a $999.00 picture of a gem as a screen saver. I think things will get better. It's been a month and a half. As for Amazon, that's on them, not Apple.
  13. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I think you are right.
  14. GhostRaider macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2014
    Interestingly enough Apple accepted a Kodi fork called MrMc. It doesn't support addons atm but a possible sideloading method might make AppleTV worth getting.

    Jailbreaking of course might allow USB-C functionality.
  15. LukasValine macrumors regular


    Nov 5, 2013
    Shopping has the fewest apps of any category. Going off of apple marketing materials I would assume it was right up there with games.
  16. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I think a lot of people would agree with you, but I feel like the overall experience is better on the ATV3.

    The Netflix app on the ATV4 sucks. The organization of the genres is so messy. Sometimes I use my ATV3 in my kid's room to browse the things I want to watch, then watch it on the ATV4.

    If I could only get Alto's Adventure on the ATV3, then I would just give my kids the ATV4.
  17. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    2600 apps? I feel like there's about 60, tops. They need to do some serious work on discovery.
  18. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I am not blaming Apple, but the lack of Amazon doesn't make the ATV4 a better device. I hope it comes soon.
  19. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I have both the ATV3 and ATV4. Significant difference and way better is the 4 (small yoda reference :D)

    Still more apps are needed. For those that are there, disconnecting them from a cable subscription is more important that the rumored bundle. For the games, they need to support MFi controllers with extra features, leave the remote requirement for some basic stuff. If I were a developer I would do basic with the remote and in-app purchase for additional features needing the controller - everyone wins.
  20. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.

    You use the ATV3 to browse Netflix? Wow... I thought that interface sucked as well. I set up a list on my Mac, and just browse through that.
  21. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Thats how I feel too - was waiting forever for the ATV4 and now I feel like it is only worth it with a jailbreak / some form of sideloading. Bought a refurb ATV3 for $40 for airplay in the meantime.
  22. X38 macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    That's because the categories are pretty limited. I'd really like to see some non-entertainment apps like Mail, Safari, Maps, etc.
    And of course the long rumored cable TV replacement.
  23. Yojimbo007 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Apple needs to allow folders .. It's very inefficient to scan through all these apps on one page..
    It's ridiculous! Games .. Screensavers , channels all mixed up on one page !

    Also apple needs to allow us to creat favorites folderS for orginizing what we like. Way of consolidating programing from different apps ... Example of such folders could be ( my favorite syfy, favorite news, favorite sitcom.. Etc) Each folder can show a dot with a number inside ( like ios mail) showing designated new content that has not been watched or something along those lines )
    my stupid dvr is capable of some orginization. Without this orginizationsl tools at the core of TVOS .. It will be mess and inefficiant !
  24. bpeeps, Dec 10, 2015
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    bpeeps macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2011
    For the general public and not the extremely biased sampling of tech savvy users in this community, 4K still isn't a big deal. Also, I'm not sure why people keep blaming Apple and Google for the lack of Amazon support.
  25. AlphaTeam, Dec 10, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 12, 2015

    AlphaTeam macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2005
    #25 Amazon and no 4K. Hardly.

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