App Store Hits Ten Billion Downloads [Updated]

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    Apple's App Store today reached 10 billion downloads since its inception in 2008, and along with the milestone comes the end of the company's "10 Billion App Countdown" promotion. The winner of the promotion, who is yet to be announced, will be awarded a $10,000 iTunes Store gift card.

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    App Store download growth since launch
    The App Store took only a little over two and a half years to reach the ten-billion milestone, while Apple's iTunes Store took almost seven years from its 2003 launch to hit the same milestone for music downloads.

    Update: Apple has issued a press release announcing that Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK has been named winner of the contest. Davis, who won the contest with her download of Paper Glider, will receive an iTunes gift card worth $10,000."With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years - a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone - the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet."

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    I thought it would happen yesterday... alas, not to be. Congrats to whoever won, though!
     
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    GREAT- now I can stop buying apps for a while!!:rolleyes:
     
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    I wonder how big a share of those were paid for.
     
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    Hah. I tried to stay up to have my one in 10,000 chance..if that counter was accurate..

    for whoever won..wished it was an apple gift card instead :)
     
  6. geko29 macrumors 6502

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    Crap, I had forgotten and I "bought" a couple of apps in the past 12 hours. I hope I didn't win...
     
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    Pretty amazing when you think about it, that's a lot of downloads. Apple has built something amazing here. Congrats to the winner!
     
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    Quite impressive! I wouldn't have thought they would hit 10 billion this fast!

    Congratulations to the winner though!

    And, if they ever reach 100 billion, do you think they will be giving out a $100,000 iTunes card? :rolleyes:
     
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    That would be awesome for an Apple gift card!!
     
  11. the vj macrumors 6502a

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    Those applications are crap.

    I was taking a look and those applications are something bigger than a Dashboard widget, and very expensive.

    In gaming there is just one game worth it, the rest are crap. The same with the rest of the categories.
     
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    Wow, haven't had your coffee yet?

    I think this is a great milestone for Apple. A very successful accomplishment by a very successful company.
     
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    Someone might wanna fix the URL tags on the MacRumors story.... its a little long
     
  15. ComputersaysNo macrumors 6502

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    Darn. I thought that you had to download 10 billion apps as fast as you could. I nearly made it :mad:
     
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    It's an interesting question.

    I think that serving up free apps in both the iOS and Mac app stores is one of the most brilliant details of Apple's design.
     
  18. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

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    They should celebrate the success by offering Final Cut Express and Logic Express for $79.

    One can hope.
     
  19. pavelbure macrumors 6502a

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    Apple is in panic mode as the 10 billionth app is "How to switch to Android"
     
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    That's an exponential curve if I ever saw one. :cool:

    OK maybe logistic.
     
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    Time to study and become an App developer!

    At this rate, only a matter of time before the number hits 100 billion. $$$ :cool:
     
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    OK on a serious note, it's such a brilliant concept, the iPhone + App Store.

    Powerful, mobile processing power and storage
    High-speed wireless, through 3G and Wi-Fi
    Endless UI changes, due to all-Multitouch display
    A market for third-party applications that is easy to use and sync
    Developers large and small can upload their program and make $ quickly

    It seems obvious in hindsight, but this is such a rich breeding ground for innovation. Apple basically gave devs a blank slate of hardware, exposed their work to tens of millions, and let them profit off of it! Again, it seems so natural now. But the scale of this would've been unimaginable 3-5 years ago. :)
     
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    I'm not really surprised it hit 10 Billion faster than the iTunes store, so many free apps, no free music that I know of in iTunes.
     

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