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Apple's App Store reaches 25 billion download milestone

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The App Store reached the historic milestone of 25 billion application downloads early on Saturday, though Apple has yet to announce the winner of the $10,000 App Store gift card.

Apple changed the counter on its homepage to a thank you page early on Saturday after it reached the 25 billion number. The graphic shows the App Store icon surrounded by icons of popular iOS apps, such as Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, eBay and Fruit Ninja.

"A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion downloads. Thanks for getting us there," the page read.

Customers are instructed to come back to the 25 billion app countdown page later to see who won the App Store gift card.

The countdown took just over two weeks from when Apple initiated it on February 17. At that time, the number of app downloads stood around 24.29 billion.

Apple held a similar countdown to the 10 billionth App Store download last year and reached the milestone on January 22, 2011.




The company has paid out over $4 billion to App Store developers and now carries roughly 600,000 applications in the digital storefront. The App Store launched in 2008, serving up 1.5 billion applications in its first year of operation.

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Dammit! Forget to buy free apps.

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post #3 of 32
A good milestone, just in time for the iPad 3 launch.
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Well I could never spend $10,000 in apps, still thinks it would've better if the prize was an Apple Gift Card.
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Well I could never spend $10,000 in apps, still thinks it would've better if the prize was an Apple Gift Card.

You can use it throughout all of the iTunes Store, including iBookstore. That is a lot but I think I could spend that in a few years between music, movies, TV shows, iOS and Mac apps, and books.

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That's a great image on Apple's homepage. Onwards and upwards!

I could spend the ten grand on just a few apps if they were on the App Store. \
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You can use it throughout all of the iTunes Store, including iBookstore. That is a lot but I think I could spend that in a few years between music, movies, TV shows, apps and books.

Oh, I never realized you could do that, since it says $10,000 App Store Gift Card, and not iTunes Gift Card.
post #8 of 32
Damn. Guess I'll just have to wait for 50 billion, in a month or two.
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Dammit! Forget to buy free apps.

well at least i tried…

my way or the highway...

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post #10 of 32
It would take me a few years to to buy that many apps, books and songs, but Uncle Sam would want his cut now.
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Congrats to Apple on this remarkable milestone and I hope I win the 10K prize too.
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This number is absolutely astounding. 25 B apps is 3 apps for every person on the planet - including infants in the remotest part of the globe.

I don't know the current number of iOS devices, but let's say it's 250 M. That means 100 apps for every single device ever sold - including the ones that were just sold yesterday.

Amazing.
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I'm betting the winner is Slapppy.
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I'm betting the winner is Slapppy.

Slappy!

I just spit my coffee all over my keyboard!
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1) Win $10,000 gift card
2) Create your own app and set the price to $10,000
3) Buy your own app
4) Profit
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1) Win $10,000 gift card
2) Create your own app and set the price to $10,000
3) Buy your own app
4) Profit

Only $7,000, though (less the $99 developer fee plus the cost of developing the app).
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1) Win $10,000 gift card
2) Create your own app and set the price to $10,000
3) Buy your own app
4) Profit

Very clever. I'd rather have the $7K in cash (after Apple takes their cut).
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Oh, I never realized you could do that, since it says $10,000 App Store Gift Card, and not iTunes Gift Card.

And, since it is an iTunes Gift Card, you can also use it on the Mac App Store (purchases there are also made through your iTunes account). So, the first purchases I would make would include Final Cut Pro and Aperture -- with desktop apps like these, you could spend a lot of money pretty easily!
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Very clever. I'd rather have the $7K in cash (after Apple takes their cut).

Well, if you have time on your hands to make an app worthy of being approved, then yep. But if you're not a developer and don't have time, $7000 isn't going to get you much. You'd be better off gifting the songs and apps for real cash to your friends.
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1) Win $10,000 gift card
2) Create your own app and set the price to $10,000
3) Buy your own app
4) Profit

Brilliant.
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I'm betting the winner is Slapppy.

Or his girlfriend, Slappywag.

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Very clever. I'd rather have the $7K in cash (after Apple takes their cut).

Yeah, that is a pretty good idea. I'd rather have the $7k in cash too. You could even ask for a cash refund for the purchase and possibly get the full amount.

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Well, if you have time on your hands to make an app worthy of being approved

When was the last time you visited the App Store? This is the quality of app they approve:

http://www.5min.com/Video/iPhone-App...Train-38571297

You could even pay a developer to write an app for $500 and if it's half-way useful, you might even make that money back from other people buying it by accident.

I find the competition is a bit unfair in that the milestone is obviously going to hit when a significant number of countries in the world are asleep but there's not much they could do to avoid it really.
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I could blow through that $10K in a couple days easy. I'd wait until iTunes updates their movies to 1080P (supposedly coming soon) and buy movies. At $20 and up for the HD versions, it wouldn't take long. I'd also buy complete seasons of my favoritie TV shows/series.

Now downloading all that content - that could take awhile.

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post #23 of 32
Stayed up til one to enter.
waited for 2999 996 000 to ensure it would get through the waiting time. may have a good chance!
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Stayed up til one to enter.
waited for 2999 996 000 to ensure it would get through the waiting time. may have a good chance!

It hit the actual number many hours before the counter did.
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

Dammit! Forget to buy free apps.

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It hit the actual number many hours before the counter did.



I just missed winning, I just know it! I bought at the exact right moment but my credit card was rejected as I'd forgotten my new one just kicked in. By the time I found it and updated I missed the winning number ...
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1) Win $10,000 gift card
2) Create your own app and set the price to $10,000
3) Buy your own app
4) Profit

This would be business income and so taxable.\
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This would be business income and so taxable.\

True, but you would still be profit. If you needed cash (in a couple months) that would work... assuming Apple approved your app.

PS: Don't you also have to pay taxes on the $10,000 gift, too.

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PS: Don't you also have to pay taxes on the $10,000 gift, too.

Yep.

So you lose the tax money on the initial $10,000 and then… 30% to Apple by buying the app. And then probably more tax on the income you got from the app.

So I really have no idea why he even suggested that.
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It hit the actual number many hours before the counter did.

DAMNNNNNNN. Well i did download a few apps earlier in the day. i regret nothing
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I bought a few apps but also sent in quite a few entry forms
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

It hit the actual number many hours before the counter did.

Yeah I had the counter on my windows pc while on my mac. The counter was still going and when I refreshed on my mac it had the 25 billion home page. Yet the counter was still going on my other computer from when it started hours earlier. I was bummed like I was really going to win anyway =)
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This would be business income and so taxable.\

Just make a corporation, find an obscure loop hole and pay zero tax.
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