Apple’s App Store has had unprecedented success since its release in July of 2008. 2011 marks the App Store’s 3rd birthday, and it looks like Apple will celebrate by hitting 10,000,000,000 downloads. The App Store has averaged over 3 billion downloads per year since 2008. As a comparison, it took iTunes 8 years to reach that same level of success.

In fact, just last year, iTunes celebrated in the same fashion with its own 10 billion downloads countdown. The lucky person that downloaded the 10 billionth song received a $10,000 iTunes gift card.

The one billionth App Store app was downloaded in April of 2009, which shows exponential growth for Apple’s platform. As the numbers approach 10 billion, another iTunes user will be lucky enough to receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card…

Apple’s countdown page displays a live, running tally of the apps that have been downloaded from the App Store. You can sit and watch as hundreds of apps are downloaded each second.

To be entered in the contest for the $10,000 iTunes gift card, you must fill out this entry form. If you download the 10 billionth app, you’ll be the winner. While the odds of winning are probably as good as winning the lottery, it’s still free to enter and worth a shot.

It’s unclear as to whether Apple is including duplicate downloads, updates, or free and paid apps in this countdown, but still, the numbers are staggering.

When you sit back and think about the success of the App Store, it can be easy to start feeling nostalgic. Do you remember the first app you ever downloaded from the App Store?

  • Burge

    My first app was AIR SHARING it was on offer at the time, it was free.. I still use it to this day .. It’s the one app I will not get riid off..

    • Burge

      Just after typing this I get a update for the app…lol..

  • Simon Altun

    my first app was FS5 Hockey free, i still remember that day, cuz it was the same day i bought my iPod touch 2g, that is the day i became the nerd that I am:D

  • jailbreaklisten

    My first app was facebook. >.<

  • Esh

    As an iphone apps developer it is amazing me that the AppStore Financial Reports (for the apps sellers), is one of the worst I had ever seen.
    I hope that now, when they see these numbers, they will put a bit of an effort in the developer’s selling site…

  • iDroidify

    my firstapp was Fall Down!

  • Monkey

    9 billion downloads are free apps such as facebook, aim, google voice mail, yahoo messenger, espn sport, etc….

  • Jared

    My first app was facebook 🙂 haha. Love apple