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25 billionth download from Apple's iOS App Store was 'Where's My Water?'

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A user from Qingdao, China, downloaded the free application "Where's My Water?" as the 25 billionth download from the App Store, Apple announced on Monday.

User Chunli Fu was the winner of Apple's contest, earning them a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. "Where's My Water" is a mobile game available on the App Store and published by Disney, available both as a free "lite" version and a full paid copy for 99 cents.

"We’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 billion apps downloaded," Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said a press release. "When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users."

There are currently more than 550,000 applications available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in 123 countries around the world. More than 170,000 of those applications are available natively for the iPad.

Applications on the App Store are available in 21 different categories ranging from games to sports to business or health and fitness. More than $4 billion has been paid out to developers who sell software on the App Store.




The App Store reached the 25 billion download milestone on Saturday, though Apple did not announce the winner of the $10,000 gift card until Monday. Over the weekend, the page counting down to the number was updated to say: "A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion downloads. Thanks for getting us there."

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China, huh?

Guess that good will should help in sales and court cases!
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post #3 of 35
"Where's My Water"??

"Where's My iTunes Gift Card????????????
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According to the NY Times:

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Apple’s study said the company also supported an additional 210,000 jobs among companies creating apps for Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. The study based that figure on the 466,000 app-related jobs that TechNet, a high-tech lobbying group, recently estimated existed in the United States. Apple’s study estimated that 45 percent of that figure could be credited to development of software for Apple devices, based on an analysis of online job listings.

But overall, the article has some very silly things to say - suggesting that Apple does not really create any jobs at all!

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http://wp.me/p1TBc9-49
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China. Funny.
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Honestly, how would you spend a $10,000 gift card on iTunes? Some movies, music, apps...still, I think it'd take a while...
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So, now, Foxconn's not even giving them water!!?!??!
Oh, Apple! For shame!!!
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Honestly, how would you spend a $10,000 gift card on iTunes? Some movies, music, apps...still, I think it'd take a while...

You buy things for the next 10-20 years for free. That's how you spend it haha. The problem for this kid will be when one of his friends hacks his account and drains the money.
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You can't even search for this app..... "No results"
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You can't even search for this app..... "No results"

You're in the US. He's in China. There's probably a reason you can't find it.

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1) A Disney app, eh? With so many apps being sold at essentially the same time there could be a tiny window with several apps that could all be the 25th billion. This makes me wonder they then choose which app they want to use for marketing purposes. They certainly don't want one of the many sex app as the winner. Perhaps choosing someone from China would also curry favour as that is fastest growing market for all things Apple and will soon be more valuable than the US.

2) It's great that we live in a world where a contest can span the globe an touch 50 countries equally. I love living in the future.


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According to the NY Times:

But overall, the article has some very silly things to say - suggesting that Apple does not really create any jobs at all!

To see my rebuttal:
http://wp.me/p1TBc9-49

Jim, really off topic for the 3rd reply.


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Honestly, how would you spend a $10,000 gift card on iTunes? Some movies, music, apps...still, I think it'd take a while...

Sure, but it's suppose to take awhile. The card is better because it doesn't have an expiration date. Plus, I think he can gift items.

If Apple allows you to use your iTS account for NFC payments then it becomes even better. They already let you use your iTS account to buy items at Apple Stores, but I don't think his gift card would work with that.


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So, now, Foxconn's not even giving them water!!?!??!
Oh, Apple! For shame!!!

LOL Something else to blame Apple for.

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Honestly, how would you spend a $10,000 gift card on iTunes? Some movies, music, apps...still, I think it'd take a while...

Maybe he should submit a useless but functional app to the App Store and set its price at $10K. Then he buys his own app with the gift card and walks away with a nice $8K paycheck from Apple. (Or to make it less obvious, he could have a friend submit the app.)
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You can't even search for this app..... "No results"

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You're in the US. He's in China. There's probably a reason you can't find it.

Came up right away for me in Google and in iTunes Store.

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Came up right away for me in Google and in iTunes Store.

There needs to be ONE (Mac) App Store. There needs to be ONE iTunes store.

Ticks me off so much.

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1) A Disney app, eh? With so many apps being sold at essentially the same time there could be a tiny window with several apps that could all be the 25th billion. This makes me wonder they then choose which app they want to use for marketing purposes. They certainly don't want one of the many sex app as the winner. Perhaps choosing someone from China would also curry favour as that is fastest growing market for all things Apple and will soon be more valuable than the US.

That's probably what happens, and honestly I have no problem with it. You have at least several thousands of apps that were downloaded at virtually the exact same instant, down to the microsecond, and I expect Apple gives itself the freedom to select which app to publicize and the winner to choose. Its common sense, and it's fine, not some sort of conspiracy. Are they gonna publicize a sex positions app, a Google app, an alternate browser, etc? Of course not. It's gonna be an app of pretty high quality, as it will no doubt get attention and many will download it with this announcement. Anyone who thinks otherwise is naive.
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There needs to be ONE (Mac) App Store. There needs to be ONE iTunes store.

Ticks me off so much.

Who cares if there are different stores for different countries? I wouldn't want to go to iTunes and search through 50 different apps to find the English version.
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That's probably what happens, and honestly I have no problem with it. You have at least several thousands of apps that were downloaded at virtually the exact same instant, down to the microsecond, and I expect Apple gives itself the freedom to select which app to publicize and the winner to choose. Its common sense, and it's fine, not some sort of conspiracy. Are they gonna publicize a sex positions app, a Google app, an alternate browser, etc? Of course not. It's gonna be an app of pretty high quality, as it will no doubt get attention and many will download it with this announcement. Anyone who thinks otherwise is naive.

I don't think you can have a contest if it is going to be rigged. I would suspect that it was audited by an independent firm such as Deloitte. If they let an app on the app store, it deserves a chance to win, as does anyone who purchases it. Otherwise how can we trust anything that Apple does or says.

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Who cares if there are different stores for different countries? I wouldn't want to go to iTunes and search through 50 different apps to find the English version.

You're joking, right? You advocate against the benefits of long tail sales simply because you (erroneously) think that it would be "hard to find the English version"?

We're supposedly getting an iTunes and (Mac) App Store redesign soon. That'll prove to you why we need a single worldwide store.

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You're joking, right? You advocate against the benefits of long tail sales simply because you (erroneously) think that it would be "hard to find the English version"?

We're supposedly getting an iTunes and (Mac) App Store redesign soon. That'll prove to you why we need a single worldwide store.

There wouldn't be any difference. What is available in each country is probably a factor of many things such regulations, licensing, taxes, distribution agreements, etc. not language. For example Disney may not want to distribute that app in the US which is why you can't find it.

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You can't even search for this app..... "No results"

Just look at the "Top 25" as it is currently #3
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There wouldn't be any difference.

Tens of millions of more sales/downloads because your app is available to all markets on Earth isn't a difference?

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What is available in each country is probably a factor of many things such regulations, licensing, taxes, distribution agreements, etc. not language.

Language is immaterial. I'm saying Apple needs to take care of everything else and offer all apps, music, movies, books, and TV shows worldwide.

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For example Disney may not want to distribute that app in the US which is why you can't find it.

Oh, it's there. And "not want"? They don't want to get more money? O~kay.

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Tens of millions of more sales/downloads because your app is available to all markets on Earth isn't a difference?

1) Which is why apps aren't going to be disallowed across countries arbitrarily.

2) You do realize that Where's My Water is available in the US, right?

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1) Which is why apps aren't going to be disallowed across countries arbitrarily.

Well what would be their reasoning, then? Beyond "it's banned by the country itself", which is fine, I can't think of any.

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2) You do realize that Where's My Water is available in the US, right?

Oh, yeah. I mean everything else.

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Well what would be their reasoning, then? Beyond "it's banned by the country itself", which is fine, I can't think of any.

One thing is certain is that companies will try to make money where it can and since there is no cost associated with releasing to another country on iTS then we can deduce that apps that aren't in all countries are not there for a reason, even if we can't begin to fathom what that reason could be.

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Oh, it's there. And "not want"? They don't want to get more money? O~kay.

There could be other reasons. For example Hollywood movie stars often do silly or goofy ads that are only seen in foreign countries. The money is good but In the US they have a certain image to maintain and are not as likely do a corny commercial. Sometimes you never know why corporations do certain things but when it comes to licensing of creative works there can be a lot extenuating issues.

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There could be other reasons. For example Hollywood movie stars often do silly or goofy ads that are only seen in foreign countries. The money is good but In the US they have a certain image to maintain and are not as likely do a corny commercial. Sometimes you never know why corporations do certain things but when it comes to licensing of creative works there can be a lot extenuating issues.

It has been available in the US since its launch. Starbucks gave it away FREE as their Free App of the Week at launch. That is when I got it.

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I wonder how many idiots are going to be furious that somebody from China won.
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Man, they really have to remove horrible applications from the store.
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Would someone in the US have accepted the gift card?

Story line:
Apple: here is your $10,000 gift card. Congratulations.
IRS: here is your $3,000 tax invoice for winning a $10,000 gift card.

I think it would be more useful if it could be used towards any Apple products.
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You can't even search for this app..... "No results"

If you did a search via Google, you would have found this:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/where...449735650?mt=8
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There needs to be ONE (Mac) App Store. There needs to be ONE iTunes store.

Ticks me off so much.

Are you serious? It's never going to happen, unless Apple uses that $100 billion to buy out the whole media and entertainment industry.

I live in the UK and still buy printed books, and it says clearly inside "Not for Sale in the US" -- the US versions probably say "Not for Sale in the UK". Authors don't always sell to the same publishing house for world-wide distribution, which would certainly make life easy for all of us. Book publishing rights are usually auctioned off and bidding will depend on the sort of sales and profits a publisher is likely to make.

The same kind of thinking applies to music, movies and TV shows. The US market gets very competitive pricing whilst those in the UK (and EU generally) get asked to pay more: maybe pricing depends on currency exchange rates, but prices can be affected by royalties too.

The whole set up is a nightmare, one that Apple has to deal with. I think we got movies/TV shows a whole year after the US.

Asking Apple to (indirectly) sort out someone else's mess is just like those who expect Apple to improve working conditions in Chinese factories.
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Asking Apple to (indirectly) sort out someone else's mess is just like those who expect Apple to improve working conditions in Chinese factories.

These situations are different. With media, Apple has the weight and the power to do it. China? Absolutely not. It's hypocrisy to think that Apple should be in charge of improving conditions everywhere for everyone. But selling digital media? Apple invented the industry.

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China, huh? Guess that good will should help in sales and court cases!

Yup. Oh, the irony... I hope the Chinese government doesn't confiscate that poor dude's $10,000 gift card.
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Honestly, how would you spend a $10,000 gift card on iTunes? Some movies, music, apps...still, I think it'd take a while...

If I had access to the Japan iTunes Store, I could do it.
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Hope we all from all over the world are happy about those bidding bots, aren't we?

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