Apple logs 50 billionth App Store download

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Less than two weeks after Apple started counting down to 50 billion app downloads, the App Store on Wednesday reached the landmark number.

50 Billion


Apple gave word of the 50 billion downloads through its webpage, which displayed the above graphic in honor of the momentous event. The image shows an iPad mini with the word "Thanks" written in FiftyThree's popular Paper drawing app.

No details as to who downloaded the 50 billionth app, but that person will receive a $10,000 gift card to the App Store. In addition, Apple will award a $500 App Store gift card to the next 50 customers following the 50 billionth download.

The countdown to 50 billion ticker first launched on May 2, and was followed by a featured promotion on the company's homepage.

Since launching in 2008, the App Store has seen significant growth. Apple in April 2009 launched a countdown to 1 billion app downloads, which was followed by the 10 billionth download less than two years later in January 2011. Most recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in October 2012 that App Store customers had downloaded more than 35 billion apps, meaning 15 billion apps have been downloaded in the past seven months alone.
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  • Reply 1 of 21
    danielswdanielsw Posts: 905member
    I entered via my iPad seconds before the "Thanks."

    We'll see!
  • Reply 2 of 21
    irelandireland Posts: 17,547member


    I had 22 tabs lined up with all my info inputted, but as I predicted they timed out, sort of. Those moving letters stop moving and when I clicked submit it behaved oddly and I didn't get the "Thank You" message. I got one form filled out before the thing fully timed out. Hopefully I get lucky.

  • Reply 3 of 21
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Time to play [SIZE=4]Guess That App and Country[/SIZE].

    I'm going to go with India and Paper.
  • Reply 4 of 21
    curtis hannahcurtis hannah Posts: 1,722member
    solipsismx wrote: »
    Time to play Guess That App and Country.

    I'm going to go with India and Paper.
    Or if it was a app?
  • Reply 5 of 21
    It would have been more amusing if it occurred doing Google's keynote.
  • Reply 6 of 21
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,647member
    solipsismx wrote: »
    Time to play Guess That App and Country.

    I'm going to go with India and Paper.

    England and Apple Insider. Ha.
  • Reply 7 of 21
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    solipsismx wrote: »
    Time to play Guess That App and Country.

    I'm going to go with India and Paper.

    I'm going to go with Syria.

    And some kind of pornography app.
  • Reply 8 of 21


    North Korea and Angry Birds.

  • Reply 9 of 21
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,973member
    solipsismx wrote: »
    Time to play Guess That App and Country.

    I'm going to go with India and Paper.

    Would that be toilet Paper? :lol:
  • Reply 10 of 21
    Do they count downloading updates and downloading an app again to reinstall?
  • Reply 11 of 21
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,702member


    Don't forget, boys and girls, you have to pay the INCOME TAX on that $10,000 gift card just like do if you win the lottery or Wheel of Fortune. Remember the cars Oprah gave away on her show? The recipients had to pay taxes on them. Oh, I guess you forgot about that one, eh. 


     


    If the state you live in has an income tax you have to pay that too. So I'm guessing you could be on the hook for about $3000 in taxes for that iTunes card.

  • Reply 12 of 21


    Here i uploaded the 50-billion-app-countdown video 


     


    image


     


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V68teVXEQ_Q

  • Reply 13 of 21
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Do they count downloading updates and downloading an app again to reinstall?

    Nope. First sale only.
  • Reply 14 of 21
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member


    Originally Posted by DanielSW View Post

    I entered via my iPad seconds before the "Thanks."



    We'll see!


     


    You realize the countdown is way behind the actual number, right?

  • Reply 15 of 21

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post


    Don't forget, boys and girls, you have to pay the INCOME TAX on that $10,000 gift card just like do if you win the lottery or Wheel of Fortune. Remember the cars Oprah gave away on her show? The recipients had to pay taxes on them. Oh, I guess you forgot about that one, eh. 


     


    If the state you live in has an income tax you have to pay that too. So I'm guessing you could be on the hook for about $3000 in taxes for that iTunes card.



    Buzzkill.

  • Reply 16 of 21
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post


    Don't forget, boys and girls, you have to pay the INCOME TAX on that $10,000 gift card just like do if you win the lottery or Wheel of Fortune. Remember the cars Oprah gave away on her show? The recipients had to pay taxes on them. Oh, I guess you forgot about that one, eh. 


     


    If the state you live in has an income tax you have to pay that too. So I'm guessing you could be on the hook for about $3000 in taxes for that iTunes card.



     


    What if the country you live in isn't the USA?


     


    There is no such tax on winnings in Australia.

  • Reply 17 of 21

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hill60 View Post


    There is no such tax on winnings in Australia.



     


    Or Canada

  • Reply 18 of 21
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member


    Is there an outage with iCloud email?


     


    I haven't received a winner email, maybe the email isn't working properly.

  • Reply 19 of 21
    wovelwovel Posts: 956member
    North Korea and Angry Birds.

    I can't explain why, but this makes me laugh.

    Thank you.
  • Reply 20 of 21
    aaronjaaronj Posts: 1,595member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post


    Don't forget, boys and girls, you have to pay the INCOME TAX on that $10,000 gift card just like do if you win the lottery or Wheel of Fortune. Remember the cars Oprah gave away on her show? The recipients had to pay taxes on them. Oh, I guess you forgot about that one, eh. 


     


    If the state you live in has an income tax you have to pay that too. So I'm guessing you could be on the hook for about $3000 in taxes for that iTunes card.



     


    Yeah, I be totally bummed if someone handed me a $7,000 gift card.

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