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Apple celebrates 50 billion app downloads, there’s no cake (but there was a prize)

By Staff writers | 10:27 am 18/05/2013

If there’s one thing we can say about Apple, it’s that devices in its iOS ecosystem sure get a lot of attention, and this week the company is celebrating with the 50,000,000,000th download made.

Looking at that number, that’s a lot of zeroes, and Australian and New Zealand developers have contributed to the apps people have been downloading quite aggressively, so much that four of the apps featured as “App of the Week” for Apple were from this region, including “Little Things Forever,” “Bee Leader,” “Jamn,” and the ever popular slice-and-dice title “Fruit Ninja.”

These apps weren’t the 50 billionth title to be downloaded, with that title being given to an app created by members of the band OK Go. You know the band – they have crazy music videos, at least one of which includes at least one treadmill.

The app in question is “Say The Same Thing,” which is a word game about (eventually) saying the same thing.

There may not have been any cake to celebrate the download, but one user received a $10,000 gift card to the App Store for downloading that benchmark download.

“Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services at Apple.

“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.”

Apple’s App Store started in 2008 with just 500 apps, and almost five years to its anniversary, it has around 850,000 apps.

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