App Store Officially Surpasses 50 Billion Downloads, Contest Concludes

The countdown has reached its conclusion, and today around 1:45 PM Pacific, the App Store saw its 50 billionth app download. Apple started the countdown on May 2nd with about 800 million to go, which they covered in just 13 days. It’s such an amazing milestone considering the App Store launched in 2008, and it has not been that long at all to reach such atmospheric numbers. The front page of is dedicated to the achievement with a simple image of a handwritten “Thanks” using the drawing app Paper by FiftyThree.

As the countdown reached its conclusion, apps were being downloaded at a rate of about 730 per second. The lucky soul who downloaded the 50 billionth app will be awarded with a $10,000 iTunes gift card, with the next fifty downloads receiving $500 gift cards. The winners are yet to be announced, and maybe it’s you if you got something from the App Store around 1:45 PM Pacific today. To put the 50 billion in perspective, that means that every person on Earth has downloaded 7 apps each on average. The App Store downloads are growing exponentially as it took Apple over three and a half years to get the first 25 billion, and the next 25 billion has taken just a little over one year. There are nearly 850,000 apps available, and the App Store is now on pace to see 20 billion apps per year, 50 million apps per day, 2 million per hour, 40,000 per minute, and 730 per second.

Here’s to the next 50 billion.


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