500px Launches Slick New iPad App, Seeing Incredible Growth

500px, quickly becoming known as the “Flickr for artsy photographers”, has released a new iPad app designed to deliver a beautiful photo viewing experience. In just a few days the app has already risen into the top 5 free photo apps in the app store, and now serves half of all traffic seen by 500px. GigaOM reports that users spend an average of 35 minutes per visit, viewing 80 photographs in the process.

The website has also been experiencing incredible growth. Traffic has grown over the past year by more than 20x to 3.4 million visitors per month, and continues to grow at 30% month over month. The service — which has 12 employees — currently stores 2.5 million photographs.

500px [iTunes App Store]

  • TylerIngram

    I like It’s what Flickr I think should be more like. Flickr has it’s good, but mainly there is too much crap to sift through there.

    Granted there are bunch of more photoshopped photos on 500px, more surreal photography/creativity I suppose.  But it’s usually done well.

    I’ll have to download the 500px app when I get home to my newly acquired iPad2 :)

  • Joao Oliveira

    Great. When will we see an app for Android tablet’s?

  • David Kozlowski

    I became a member of 500px due to alot of hype from other ‘big name’ photographers(makes me wonder if they were actually paid to endorse it…just like their hype about Google+?)…but, after a month, I got bored quickly, and am continuing to use Flickr…I could change my mind later, but for now, that’s my opinion.

  • SLRuser

    The SLRuser crew is very exited about the 500px app!  They have worked hard and made a great product.  Congrats!

  • Albert

    What bored you?

  • Sebastián Soto

    I really like 500px, photos in their majority seem to recieve much more processing than in Flickr, but results are impressive.

    Also, I still don’t understand people who have to choose one site. I use both Flickr and 500px and I’m happy with both of them.

    The one that can’t convince me is Google+.

  • Tran-Shawn Yu

    I think its coming out with the instagram app…. :/

  • Tran-Shawn Yu

    I’ve considered getting a 500px account also.. I feel like flickr is for more everyday type photos, and for sharing with friends vs 500px is where you can showcase your more epic shots.

  • Richard

    Almost any modern site is going to look great compared with Flickr which has languished under Yahoo’s control and seen core programmers leave in droves because of poor management.

    500px is a nice looking site but pushes the popularity piece of a social photo site more than flickr and this is bothersome to me.

    I agree with others here, the fact that many images on 500px are heavily saturated and contrasty may be the result of people aching to be popular and emphasizing the things they think will get them that popularity. Explore did this to many photographers on flickr as well.

  • Mark Renton

    It’s funny, my favorite iPad app is one I intended checking
    out for a couple days for work and then just deleting.  I work at one of the DISH Network call
    centers, and when the TV Everywhere app came out we were encouraged to
    familiarize ourselves with it in case a customer called with a question about
    it.  I did just that, and ended up
    falling in love with it.  I use it almost
    daily.  It lets you watch your live or
    recorded TV off your home receiver from anywhere in the world that you can get
    a 3G connection.  I’ve used it during my
    lunch break at work, and I used it to kill time when stuck at Heathrow airport
    in London
    during Christmas.  The kids love it, too.