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Connecticut teen wins Billion App Countdown

updated 10:40 am EDT, Fri April 24, 2009

CT teen nabs billionth app

A Connecticut teenager is the winner of Apple's Billion App Countdown contest, the company has announced. Connor Mulcahey -- a 13-year-old from the town of Weston -- is being awarded the grand prize, which includes a MacBook Pro, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule and an iTunes gift card worth $10,000. On the afternoon of April 23rd Mulcahey downloaded Bump, a free app which swaps contact information when two users bump fists.

Needham analyst Charlie Wolf notes that the billionth app was downloaded only nine months after the opening of the App Store, which may be symbolic of a growing software advantage for Apple in the smartphone realm. While competitors such as Palm and Research in Motion have announced their own app distribution methods, Wolf suggests that it may be difficult or impossible to overcome Apple's head start. Increased marketshare for the iPhone is virtually guaranteed, says Wolf.




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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    good for him

    that's awesome. And 13 years old too! Apple user for life now. Microsoft (or Dell or HP) will get his iPhone/iPod/MacBook when they pry it out of his cold, dead hands.

    While competitors such as Palm and Research in Motion have announced their own app distribution methods, Wolf suggests that it may be difficult or impossible to overcome Apple's head start.

    Gee have we seen this movie before? Yep. Can't wait for that ZzzzzzzunePhone, should provide plenty more schadenfreude whenever we get tired of snarking on Windows 7/8/9/10.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Congratulations

    Congratulations kid. Thats some awesome prizes there.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Wonder when...

    Wonder when and how many Americans will sue apple claiming to be the billionth downloader because they where following the website count down image and made the purchase right at 1 billion lol.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    I didn't win so

    the whole download thing must have been rigged. I'm suing. I'm getting rid of all my Apple computers and switching to Windows PCs and I'm going to buy the cheapest netbook I can find. Take that, Apple.

    I've been a loyal Mac user almost twice as long as that child has been alive and I didn't win. I should have won by default. I'm gonna see if I can get an audition for a Microsoft commercial and get some sweet cash back for a cheap computer. Apple will be sorry for messing with me.

  1. tonewheel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Well done.

    Congrats kid.

    This ensures he'll never go out and play.

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