Apple’s 50 Billionth Download: Say the Same Thing

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Apple wrapped up its latest iOS App Store promotion on Wednesday when the 50 billionth app was downloaded, and Thursday morning the company announced the app thathit the major milestone was the free word guessing game Say the Same Thing. According to the company, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are downloading apps at more than 800 per second, or over 2 billion a month.

Apple's 50 billionth download: Say the Same ThingApple's 50 billionth download: Say the Same Thing

The 50 billionth download was made by Brandon Ashmore of Mentor, Ohio. Mr. Ashmore was given a US$10,000 App Store gift card for making the 50 billionth download. Making that 50 billion number sound even more significant, Apple said re-downloads and app updates weren't included in thier count.

Apple launched the App Store in 2008 with only 500 apps available, and that number has climbed to over 850,000, and over 350,000 of those are iPad-native. The App Store is available in 115 countries.

"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," said Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. "We're absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years."

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It took five years to hit 50 billion App Store downloads. At the current download rate, Apple will hit 100 billion in about two years.

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Great game, but the ads are unbearable. They pop up randomly when you’re in the middle of something, anything, and you end up tapping them accidentally and then having to switch back from your browser to the game. Very annoying and intrusive, and more than a little insulting.

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