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Apple App Store: Thanks 50 billion

17 May 2013

Apple has today announced that customers have downloaded over 50 billion apps from the App Store, at over 800 apps per second at a rate of over two billion apps per month.

Excluding re-downloads and updates, the Cupertino giant says the 50 billionth app was Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, LLC, which was downloaded by Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio who received a $10,000 App Store Gift Card to commemorate the milestone.

“Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” says Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, 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.”

Since opening in July 2008 with only 500 apps, Apple’s developer community has created an app for doing almost everything imaginable on an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

“We were blown away with our success on the App Store back in 2008,” says Rich Riley, CEO, Shazam.

“And almost five years later we continue to be amazed with how much people love using Shazam on their iPhone or iPad.

"With the App Store, we can effortlessly provide users with updates that give them great new features while making it easy for new users to discover and download Shazam for themselves.”

Further appreciation to the store followed, with the App Store now offering more than 850,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 350,000 native iPad apps available.

App Store customers can choose from a range of apps in 23 categories, including newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, games, business, news, sports, health & fitness and travel.

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