Sunday, January 23, 2011

Apple App Store Hits 10,000,000,000 (Ten Billion) Downloads

The lucky app was Paper Glider. The lucky downloader was Gail Davis (Orpington, Kent, UK) who actually hung up on the $10k prize call. They called back and she got her $10,000 iTunes gift card.

"Less than three years after its launch, the Apple App Store reached its goal of 10 billion downloads this morning.

To promote the milestone, Apple promised to give away a $10,000 App Store gift card to whomever buys the 10 billionth download. Apple said the winner of the gift card was Gail Davis of Orpington, England.

The store launched in July 2008 with just 500 apps and now touts the availability of more than 350,000 free and paid apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Growth of the store's popularity has been swift; in its first nine months, the store hit 1 billion downloads and followed that up with 5 billion downloads in June 2010.

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