updated 04:55 pm EDT, Thu April 23, 2009
Apple hits 1B app download
Apple on Thursday surpassed 1 billion App Store downloads, bringing an end to the recent sweepstakes. The user that downloaded the billionth app, or submitted a non-purchase entry at after the 999,999,999th app, will receive a 17-inch MacBook Pro, a 32GB iPod touch, a Time Capsule and a $10,000 iTunes Gift Certificate. "Thanks a billion," Apple's main page reads. "Over 1 billion downloads in just nine months. Only on the App Store."
The rate of downloads has steadily increased since the App Store has opened, with the first 500 million apps downloaded in six months. The second 500 million has taken approximately half that time.