Apple names and rewards 50 billionth app downloader

16 May 2013

Apple has revealed that Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio, as the person who downloaded the 50 billionth app from the App Store. The 50 billionth app was Say the Same Thing by Space Inch.

Ashmore received a US$10,000 App Store Gift Card to commemorate this milestone.

Yesterday, reported that Apple was within hours of reaching the 50 billionth app download. Only in January the company reported passing the 40bn mark.

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

“The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over US$9bn to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years.”

Apple launched the App Store as an update to iTunes in July 2008 with just 500 apps for the iPhone, which was launched almost exactly a year earlier in 2007.

Today, the App Store has more than 850,000 apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.

Some 350,000 of the apps are native to the iPad.

“We were blown away with our success on the App Store back in 2008,” said Rich Riley, CEO of Shazam, a music ID service.

“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.”

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years