Apple celebrates 50 billion App Store downloads

by Doug Drinkwater

May 16 2013

Apple thanked its fans for helping it to reach the milestone
Apple thanked its fans for helping it to reach the milestone

Little less than five years on from the launch of the App Store and Apple is now celebrating that the app storefront has reached 50 billion downloads.

When announcing the news, Apple confirmed that it would give a $10,000 App Store gift card to the person who download the 50 billionth app and $500 gift cards to the first 50 people who downloaded an app after that.

Despite the good news, the Cupertino-based firm does at last have some serious competition in the app marketplace. For despite only boasting 25 billion app downloads on the Google Play Store last September, the search giant yesterday revealed at the I/O conference that that figure now stands at 48 billion.

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