Apple has announced the name of the person who downloaded the 50 billionth app in the App Store. The winner of a $10,000 App Store Gift Card is Brandon Ashmore of Mentor, Ohio. The app he downloaded was Say the Same Thing, by Space Inch, Inc.
Ashmore wasn’t the only App Store customer to win a prize. The next 50 people who downloaded an app also received gifts. In this case, they all received $500 App Store Gift Cards.
According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services:
Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded. 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.
First opened in July 2008 with 500 iPhone apps, the App Store last celebrated a milestone in March 2012. It was then that the 25 billionth app was downloaded. That number doubled just 15 months later.
To date, there are 850,000 apps available for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. A record 350,000 native iPad apps now call the App Store home.
Don’t be too sad for not winning a $10,000 App Store Gift Card. After all, there is always Powerball, worth a reported $475 million for the drawing on Saturday, May 18.