Apple Inc on Tuesday said its application download hit 1.5 billion in its first year, setting another milestone for the store which has 65,000 apps and 100,000 developers.

The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality, said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up.

Recently, Cupertino-based, California company hit 1 billion downloads over the nine months since it was introduced on July 2008 and counted 500 million application download since April 23.

Apple’s App store has shipped over 40 million portable devices from its online store since its inception.