Apple App Store Reaches 50 Billion Downloads

Apple’s App Store has passed the 50 billion downloads milestone. Though it was launched in 2008, the majority of those downloads have occurred in just the last year. Back in January, Apple reported that the store had reached 40 billion downloads, with almost half of them occurring in 2012 alone.

As part of a promotion, Apple rewarded the downloader of the 50 billionth app with a $10,000 App Store gift card.  Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio was the lucky recipient for his download of the game “Say the Same Thing.” The timing of the announcement was perfect for overshadowing rival Google, which earlier in the day announced at its I/O developers conference that its Play store had reached 48 billion downloads.

Apple also took the opportunity to release some interesting data about its App Store, which now offers iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users over 850,000 apps after launching with just 500 apps in July 2008. More than 2 billion apps are downloaded a month, which works out to about 800 apps being downloaded every second. Even though apps are often priced as low as 99 cents, or go for free, with so many being sold there’s money being made. Apple said over $9 billion has been paid out to app developers.

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