10 Billion Downloads: We Think it’s Safe to Say the App Store is a Success

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Apple's App Store has hit it's 10 billionth download. That's 10 frickin' billion! As in 1 million 10 thousand times. It took Apple about two and a half years to reach that landmark, but it's done and by the looks of it only set to increase, especially as more users start picking up iDevices.

This time, the lucky download belongs to a Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. Want to talk about extremely lucky, she was downloading a free iPhone game called Paper Glider. Davis will soon be the proud iDevice owner with a $10,000 Apple gift card. That's a lot of iTunes for Gail. Man, it'd be nice to win a free iTunes gift card. Especially one for $10 grand. Congrats, Gail.

Hit the jump for Apple's press release:

Apple’s App Store Downloads Top 10 Billion

CUPERTINO, California—January 22, 2011—Apple® today announced that more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store? by the more than 160 million iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ users worldwide. The 10 billionth app downloaded, Paper Glider, was purchased by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive a $10,000 iTunes® Gift Card.

“With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years—a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone—the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet.”

The revolutionary App Store offers more than 350,000 apps to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users in 90 countries around the world, with more than 60,000 native iPad apps available. App Store customers can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.


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