App Store's 25 Billionth Download Comes From China with 'Where's My Water? Free'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple today announced the winner of its "25 Billion App Countdown" promotion that saw the company pass milestone late Friday. For the first time in one of Apple's countdown competitions, the winner, Chunli Fu, came from China.

    Disney's Where's My Water? Free was the milestone download, and the winner will receive an iTunes Gift Card worth US$10,000.
    Apple notes that the App Store is currently available in 123 countries with over 550,000 applications available for download. Apps span 21 different categories, and the company has paid out over $4 billion to developers for their 70% share of revenue from paid downloads.

    Article Link: App Store's 25 Billionth Download Comes From China with 'Where's My Water? Free'
  2. green94 macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2009
    Shame on them for not having the paid version already!
  3. Rot'nApple, Mar 5, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2012

    Rot'nApple macrumors 65816


    Dec 27, 2006
    I DID build that!
  4. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
  5. flottenheimer macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2008
    Up north
    Congrats, Chunli Fu.
    (Wondering how many visits MacRumors gets from China every day? ... @Arn ?)
  6. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I wonder if the winner will have to pay taxes on that gift card or if Apple will cover those? I doubt I would even accept that prize if I had to pay taxes on it unless I could get the gift card broken up into numerous $100 cards to sell on one of those gift card buying sites.
  7. jgallant1990 macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2011
    Bournemouth, UK
    China huh?

    Funny that.

    Seems it would be a pretty nice marketing move to push sales in a massive country.

    I'm sure it's just a coincidence though
  8. Nomadski macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cynical, much? :p
  9. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Omg! China's taking over. :p

    Seriously though, congrats to the guy who won.
  10. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    In the United States, yes. The winner will not pay taxes upon receipt of the gift card (because gift cards are untaxed), but only pay taxes after purchases occur with said gift card.

    For example, you buy an Olive Garden gift card for $25. You pay exactly $25 to get the gift card. If you use this gift card to buy something later at Olive Garden for $25.00, tax is added, making it, say, $26.25 (with 5% tax rate). You give Olive Garden your gift card, and pay an additional $1.25 in cash.

    Wow. Entitlement mentality at it's best.
  11. SteveSparks macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    St. Louis, MO.
    Do you have to pay taxes on store credit?
    Do you have to pay taxes on the promise that you will receive a specific number of dollars of media over a non specific time?

    Its not like the person can sell or transfer ownership of the item, nor have they actually received anything until a purchase is made against the store credit.

    You could always gift apps in exchange for cash...
  12. farleysmaster macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    How is it entitlement mentality? If I had to pay tax on a $10,000 gift, I couldn't.

    Also if you had an olive garden gift card for $25, and your dinner cost $20, wouldn't the tax be paid for by the gift card? It's not the same as having to pay tax on a prize as income (which I believe you have to in the US, but not in the UK or Canada.)
  13. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
  14. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    Let's hope her Government lets her view it :p
  15. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    And TV Shows and Movies and Apps etc.

    iTunes is pretty good. :cool:
  16. ericinboston macrumors 68000

    Jan 13, 2008
    I have to agree with Velocity to a point....if I had to pay a $3000 tax on a $10,000 gift certificate to some software store (the App store), I would probably not accept the gift either.

    1)Even if I paid the $3k, I would still need to acquire $3k worth of App Store stuff just to break even! How many $1.99 apps or even $9.99 apps do I NEED?! Anywhere from 300 to 1500 according to my calculations to simply offset the taxes. On my iPhone or iPad or even over a scattered few iOS devices in my house. Yeah...not gonna happen.

    2)I doubt I could even use $1000k at the App Store...I have enough music and do I really need to fill up my iPhone with 50 apps that I bought just to buy?

    This "contest" isn't like something we voluntarily signed up for and were foaming at the mouth to win such as a car or $10,000 cash prize...or a flat $10,000 prize to the entire website or Bestbuy. This is a taxable gift card to download some apps and music. Although it's a nice gesture from Apple, even over the next 20 years I would not ring up $10k worth of App Store goods.
  17. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    First, yes I do believe they pay taxes. Not sales tax you ninny. Gift taxes. Probably 15%. Just like if you win the lottery or get a bonus at work. But being a gift card which has no intrinsic value until you spend it or sell it I'm sure there is some different protocol. I would think if Apple gave you 2000 to cover the taxes, that youd have to pay taxes on that 2000 as well.
  18. Johnny Steps macrumors 6502

    Johnny Steps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Congrats! I remember the first contest it was the App "Bump" that won for that one fellow.
  19. cwt1nospam macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2006
    Wow. Extremist Republican attitude at its worst. Not everything that makes a profit for large corporations is good, and if a corporation (aka: a person) doesn't have to pay taxes then why should I?
  20. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
  21. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
  22. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    No, you must report prize winnings on line 21 of your 1040. It is considered income.

    You are correct there is no sales tax on gift cards if you buy one, but if you win one as a prize you must report its "fair market value" as income and pay income tax on that amount less any allowable deductions.
  23. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  24. mayokaze, Mar 5, 2012
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    mayokaze macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2012
  25. Gallium macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2010
    music in china is free anyway

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