HowCast announced today that it has hit 500,000 downloads of its iPhone app and a quick spin of the service shows why - it's fabulous. Just six months after launching, HowCast is already the second most popular free app in the Lifestyle category - behind the YellowPages and ahead of AAA Discounts. That's pretty impressive.How-to video aggregator
HowCast was founded by a team of former Google and YouTube employees and raised $8 million in venture funding before it launched. The iPhone app is a great way to learn new things on the go and it's a lot of fun.
There's already an extensive HowCast community of video makers, Facebook Connect integration and an API. As we wrote in our original review of the app, it feels a little limited compared to the full website - but as an iPhone app it's great.
Last time we wrote about HowCast it was co-hosting the Summit of the Americas with the US State Department. Not bad for a brand new company.
For a How-to experience that's audio-free and more easily scannable, check out the iPhone app of WikiHow. For a broader view of the How-to world online, check out the ReadWriteWeb How-to Multi-site Custom Search Engine.