50 Billion app downloads thank you

Apple crossed a major milestone yesterday afternoon, with the official App Store Twitter channel confirming the company hit 50 billion app downloads. As part of its countdown promotion, the iPhone maker today issued a press release revealing the lucky winner who won a $10,000 iTunes Gift card, good for apps, videos, books and music. Additionally, per Apple’s rules fifty additional lucky winners will take home $500 iTunes gift cards each…

The lucky winner is Brandon Ashmore from Mento who downloaded the Say the Same Thing app by Space Inch, LLC. Mind you, these are unique downloads that exclude re-downloads and updates.

The achievement is “historic,” Apple writes in the press release.

The release also states that users are now downloading an average of more than 800 apps per second at a rate of over two billion apps per month on the App Store. As the installed base grows, app download rate is accelerating and now stands at approximately 20 billion app downloads per year.

Here’s from Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services:

Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded.

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.

The App Store opened in July 2008 with 500 apps. Today, the store carries 850,000 apps for iOS devices, with more than 350,000 apps created specifically for iPads. The App Store operates in 155 countries around the world and offers software in 23 categories.

By comparison, Google during its Google I/O 2013 keynote announced its Play store saw 48 billion downloads while Android saw 900 million device activations to date.

Google’s Android software, of course, powers an estimated three out of four smartphones and tablets shipped so we’re expecting the Play store to pass the App Store in terms of downloads.

  • $10000 is a lot of money man

    • Paul Dunahoo

      Yeah, it really is.

    • Boss

      Not in iTunes gift vouchers I wouldn’t even know what to spend 1K on in the app store let alone 10K

      • You could go legal for at least 5 years for all your media entertainment; movies, music and TV Shows.

      • Bing Beta

        5? hell thats lifetime

      • It’s not an app store only gift, they can also buy music and rent some movies….

      • Boss

        I got a free 12 months premium Spotify I will never pay for music or videos from Apple

      • So 12 months is the rest of your life? 😀

      • Boss

        Will get another 12 months free after that 12 months 🙂 I know how to get Spotify premium free for life 😉

      • How??

      • care to share? :))

      • But can they use it to gift apps…

    • Yet it’s only a crumb of a crumb of a crumb to Apple…

    • They aren’t losing anything with 10k GC.

    • It would be useful if that amount of money could be used to buy new devices or even something on the Apple Store in general.

  • Wow! Lucky guy. Better luck for me next time

  • Dan

    Haha I wouldn’t even know what to do with it. I’d probably try to sell it on eBay. If it was an Apple store 10,000$ giftcard, then I’d be happy.

  • IndiePhoenix

    *Mentor

  • What happens to the other 50 downloaders?
    Are their names mentioned?

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Yes please, I am still hoping I am one of those!

  • Android apps are more downloaded on per android device then on an ios fir e.g like i downloaded many apps from the app store they were like only 5-12 mb sized crapppppyy apps which i deleted on ios apps are like atleast 50 mb to 2.9 gb so you get less space ios devices other then that android users download a lot of apps to get some good apps since they are only 10-15 on average

  • RarestName

    Last year’s article was full of racist comments. Let’s see how this one goes.

  • Considering how many different iOS devices there are compared to Crapdroid devices (that was a pretty bad pun I know) the simple fact that iOS has had 50 billion downloads compared to the play stores 48 billion this is massive for Apple…

  • Adil Hussain

    Im guessin that no-one knows the guy who ‘won’….He’s a ghost, he has no friends, no family. If you tried to track him down, you wont find a birth certificate, current address, iTunes/Facebook/Twitter account, NOTHING!

    Its a conspiracy! 🙂