Data Monday: Fastest Growing Devices & Apps

by Luke Wroblewski June 14, 2010

In my presentation on The Shifting Role of Design I outline how among other factors, faster adoption of new technologies helps markets mature more quickly than ever before. So just how fast are people adopting new devices and applications?

  • Nintendo Wii (released November 19, 2006) took 13 days to reach 1 million units sold. (source)
  • Nintendo DS (released November 21, 2004) took 15 days to reach 1 million units sold. (source)
  • Apple iPad (released April 3, 2010) took 28 days to reach 1 million units sold. (source)
  • Apple iPhone (releasedJune 29, 2007) took 74 days to reach 1 million units sold. (source)
  • In 2000, Napster was the fastest growing application on the Web with 4.9 million at-home Napster users in July, triple the number in January. (source)
  • In 2005, Skype was the fastest growing application ever going from zero to 54 million customers in 25 months. (source)
  • In 2007, iLike on the Facebook Platform was the fastest growing application signing up a million users in its first week; then a million more in the 5 days, and another million in the next 4 days. (source)
  • In 2009, FarmVille was the fastest growing game ever adding more than 1 million active users a week. (source)