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Apple sells more than 10 billion apps, contest winner announced



Over the weekend, just a few days after they launched a live counter to track purchases, Apple reached the 10 billion mark on apps sold to the 160 million iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users worldwide.The app store launched in July of 2008, so they reached this milestone in less than three years. That's pretty impressive but not surprising, especially when you remember they sold 10 million apps the first weekend after the app store launch. And to put things in perspective, 10 billion apps is enough for all the nearly 7 billion people on Earth to each have at least one app for themselves.


“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 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, Davis will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card.


[Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 8:27am]


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