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Old May 16, 2013, 08:42 AM   #1
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Apple Announces Winner of App Store's 50 Billionth Download Contest




Apple today announced the winner of its "50 Billion App Countdown" promotion that saw the company pass that milestone on Wednesday afternoon.

Word game Say the Same Thing from the band OK Go was the milestone download, with Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio making the winning download. Ashmore will will receive an iTunes Gift Card worth US$10,000. For the first time, Apple also gave the fifty downloaders after the big winner US$500 iTunes Gift Cards.
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"Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We're absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years."
Apple ran similar promotions for ten billion and twenty-five billion downloads, in January 2011 and March 2012 respectively.

The App Store took just under five years to hit the fifty billion download mark, though the rate of downloads has been accelerating and is now at more than 20 billion app downloads per year.

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Old May 16, 2013, 08:45 AM   #2
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$10,000 worth of iTunes is a lot. It would be nice if some of that were actual cash. Nevertheless, it's a big prize just for downloading something.
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Old May 16, 2013, 08:45 AM   #3
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Monkeys and bananas. Who would have guessed
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Old May 16, 2013, 08:47 AM   #4
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I was sleeping while the 50th billion app was downloaded.
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Old May 16, 2013, 08:47 AM   #5
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Do you think Apple pick the exact 50 billionth app as the winner, or they look a few downloads either side for one that is worthy of publicizing?
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Old May 16, 2013, 08:48 AM   #6
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How Close Did I Get?

What would make this fun is if you were, like me, trying to win by using multiple devices and downloading right about the time the final app was downloaded if Apple would tell you how close you got. I didn't win anything & probably never will, but it'd be cool to see if somehow I was only a handful of downloads off.
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Old May 16, 2013, 08:53 AM   #7
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Do you think Apple pick the exact 50 billionth app as the winner, or they look a few downloads either side for one that is worthy of publicizing?
At the rate the apps are downloaded, and adding in server latencies around the world and rounding errors etc, I'm sure there are multiple 'winners' for a given second, or even a hundreth of a second. Perhaps a lottery from the 'simultaneous' downloaders (that's not publicized for obvious reasons).

Pure speculation.

It would be interesting to know how they count the exact winner.
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Old May 16, 2013, 08:53 AM   #8
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Do you think Apple pick the exact 50 billionth app as the winner, or they look a few downloads either side for one that is worthy of publicizing?
Nah they just look at all the downloads on the same second and just randomly choose one. Exactly what app is the winning download means nothing. It's the whole 50 billion promo that apple wants.
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Old May 16, 2013, 08:59 AM   #9
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I was really hoping it would be something embarrassing like Grindr Xtra.
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Apple today announced the winner of its "50 Billion App Countdown" promotion that saw the company pass that milestone on Wednesday afternoon.

Word game Say the Same Thing from the band OK Go was the milestone download, with Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio making the winning download. Ashmore will will receive an iTunes Gift Card worth US$10,000. For the first time, Apple also gave the fifty downloaders after the big winner US$500 iTunes Gift Cards.Apple ran similar promotions for ten billion and twenty-five billion downloads, in January 2011 and March 2012 respectively.

The App Store took just under five years to hit the fifty billion download mark, though the rate of downloads has been accelerating and is now at more than 20 billion app downloads per year.

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I see the "Same Thing" icon and instantly think "Samsung": does anybody else think they put their cheeky little monkeys up to buying endless copies of this game so that it could be the "winner" of this contest?
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Old May 16, 2013, 09:02 AM   #12
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$10,000 worth of iTunes is a lot. It would be nice if some of that were actual cash. Nevertheless, it's a big prize just for downloading something.
I'd uses it to migrate my iTunes purchases from my Gmail Email to my iCloud Email. But I would still have A LOT left over. I wonder if it could be used for iRadio subscription as well. (if apple does announce a subscription based music service)
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Will he be allowed to sell it in $100 chunks on eBay? Who the heck would EVER spend that much for fart apps?

I think that cash would have been a better prize than a credit at the app store so big that it can never be used.
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Old May 16, 2013, 09:06 AM   #14
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What were the odds of the winner coming from the US ?
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Will he be allowed to sell it in $100 chunks on eBay? Who the heck would EVER spend that much for fart apps?

I think that cash would have been a better prize than a credit at the app store so big that it can never be used.
Setting your poor attempt at sarcasm aside, I'm sure you're more than aware there's a lot more than just "fart apps" on the App Store. There's a lot more quality on the App Store than the Play Store, that's for sure.
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Would have been funny if the 50 billionth app was a Google app... like Google Maps.

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Will he be allowed to sell it in $100 chunks on eBay? Who the heck would EVER spend that much for fart apps?

I think that cash would have been a better prize than a credit at the app store so big that it can never be used.
The guidelines state that the winnings are not transferable, and fart apps are not the only applications sold in the app store.
I was never aware that large amounts of money can be so large that they cannot be used. Troll harder next time.
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Old May 16, 2013, 09:16 AM   #18
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$10,000 worth of iTunes is a lot. It would be nice if some of that were actual cash. Nevertheless, it's a big prize just for downloading something.
Quite. Shame it can't be spent on Apple hardware, although I don't know why I even give a s***, I didn't win it
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Such a mind boggling number.
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Will he be allowed to sell it in $100 chunks on eBay? Who the heck would EVER spend that much for fart apps?

I think that cash would have been a better prize than a credit at the app store so big that it can never be used.
The article states it's an iTunes gift card so the winner should be able to use it for apps, music, movies, books, etc.
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Will he be allowed to sell it in $100 chunks on eBay? Who the heck would EVER spend that much for fart apps?

I think that cash would have been a better prize than a credit at the app store so big that it can never be used.
Apparently haven't explored the app store very deeply, or you have limited interests.

It's a great prize.
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Would have been funny if the 50 billionth app was a Google app... like Google Maps.

Salt in an open wound.
I have a feeling that even if it had been, Apple would have chosen the next person!
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The winner will probably just buy a bunch of gems for a game like Clash of Clans.
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I see the "Same Thing" icon and instantly think "Samsung": does anybody else think they put their cheeky little monkeys up to buying endless copies of this game so that it could be the "winner" of this contest?
I don't know how it's linked to Samsung, not even remotely, but hey, thanks for the laugh.
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