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Old Mar 26, 2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Apple's 25 Billion App Download Contest Winner Flown to Beijing for Award Ceremony




Earlier this month, Apple announced that the winner of its 25 billion app countdown contest was Fu Chunli, a resident of Qingdao, China who was awarded an iTunes Store gift card valued at $10,000. Her milestone download was Disney's Where's My Water? Free.




Fu Chunli shows off her $10,000 iTunes Store gift card
M.I.C. Gadget now offers profile of the winner, summarizing Chinese-language reports noting that she had only been an iPhone user for a month at the time of milestone and had been unaware of the contest until she was contacted by Apple.
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Fu Chunli was not a big fan of Apple, and had only purchased her iPhone for about one month, still learning how to use the App Store. She didn't know anything about the competition until she was contacted by Apple. When she received a call from staff at Apple (China), she thought it was a hoax. She was still confused when a friend told her that she received a prize from Apple, but did not believe her luck until she saw an email from Apple Inc.
The reports note that Chunli was invited to visit Apple's Chinese headquarters in Beijing last week, having been flown to the city at Apple's expense. Following a visit to corporate headquarters, she visited the company's Sanlitun retail store where an award ceremony was held to present her with the gift card and conduct interviews with the media. She also received training on her iPhone and the App Store and took the time to test drive some of the other Apple merchandise in the store.

Apple has been making a major push into China, with the company expanding its distribution reach there and working to build Chinese-focused features into several of its products in an effort to strengthen the appeal of the company's products there. Just today, Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted at the Xidan Joy City retail store in Beijing as he visited the country to meet with undisclosed officials.

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Old Mar 26, 2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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I wonder if she is going to use it or sell it?

I spent around $100 on App Store last year.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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If she's not a big Apple fan she may wish she hadn't won before long... what are the income tax laws in China? In the US you'd have to pay thousands of dollars due to your "winnings"
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 03:50 PM   #4
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I don't know what I would do with a $10,000 itunes gift card. I mean that's a huge amount of money for music, videos and apps.

Can she use it to buy apple hardware???
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"Fu Chunli was not a big fan of Apple."

She should have been disqualified for that line right there.
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I don't know what I would do with a $10,000 itunes gift card. I mean that's a huge amount of money for music, videos and apps.

Can she use it to buy apple hardware???
I know; I'd rather have a tenth of the value in a regular Apple Gift Card. But it still would be hard to complain about receiving the iTunes gift card.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 03:52 PM   #7
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Chun Li with a spinning bird kick for the win.

It would have been a little more polite for her to pretend to be an apple fan at least. She could have at least blown a little smoke and graciously accepted her prize. "I have always wanted to have apple products my whole life, but I finally just got an opportunity to get my first iPhone about a month ago. I am so excited to see what the app store has to offer." Saying stupid crap like she did is a pretty good way for apple to stop doing this promotion the next time a milestone rolls around.
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I'm glad that someone new to apple won the context.
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How funny would it have been if the 25 billionth app was a "soft porn" app? Im sure the winner would have bee a little more hesitant to come forward if such a situation arose
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Is there a "Buy All" option in iTunes?
She could just click that.
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Not a bad looking woman and her last name is Chun Li (without the space).
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What a coincidence that Apple is focusing a lot of Chinese development and the winner is from China.......
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...but can she use that card to purchase a new iPad or Macbook Pro? If not, what use is $10,000?
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I know this has been said before...but how the hell can you spend $10,000 in the app store? Especially for a newbie.

I'm sure this breaks the heart of every iPhone aficionado, but there is a cosmic irony in the fact that a total newbie won the gift card.
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What a coincidence that Apple is focusing a lot of Chinese development and the winner is from China.......
That's what I was thinking...
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What a coincidence that Apple is focusing a lot of Chinese development and the winner is from China.......
That's what I was thinking...

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...but can she use that card to purchase a new iPad or Macbook Pro? If not, what use is $10,000?
Only software

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How funny would it have been if the 25 billionth app was a "soft porn" app? Im sure the winner would have bee a little more hesitant to come forward if such a situation arose
Hahaha that would be funny
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How funny would it have been if the 25 billionth app was a "soft porn" app? Im sure the winner would have bee a little more hesitant to come forward if such a situation arose
I don't believe such a person would've won. My guess is that they have several competing algorithms for determining the "X billionth" download--or the algorithm they use results in "ties" or several possible winners--whenever they have these contests, and Apple chooses a winner who downloaded a decent app, song, or what-have-you.
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How funny would it have been if the 25 billionth app was a "soft porn" app? Im sure the winner would have bee a little more hesitant to come forward if such a situation arose
I'm sure if that happened Apple would have awarded the $10,000 to the person who downloaded the 25,000,000,001th app and say it was the 25 billionth...
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If she's not a big Apple fan she may wish she hadn't won before long... what are the income tax laws in China? In the US you'd have to pay thousands of dollars due to your "winnings"
This is an excellent question.
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10k limited to apps only? That's an insult... :-)
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Only software
...or music, movies, tv shows, iBooks, magazines, etc.
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...but can she use that card to purchase a new iPad or Macbook Pro? If not, what use is $10,000?
No. It's an iTunes Gift card; so she can purchase apps/music/movies/books. I don't know about you, but $10,000 to buy music/movies has a lot of use for me.
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re original article

now all the offers of marriage will be pouring in from all the aapl fan boys in china
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Me? I'd sell it on ebay and pay down my student loans.
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