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iOS App Store approaches 10 billion downloads

updated 11:35 am EST, Fri January 14, 2011

Apple continues tradition of milestone contests

The iOS App Store is about to reach 10 billion downloads, Apple has announced. As has become traditional for major iTunes milestones, the company is hosting a contest in which the 10 billionth app download -- or a form entry received after the 9,999,999,999th one -- will win someone an iTunes gift card worth $10,000 US. Despite the currency value, the contest is open to anyone 13 or older in a participating country with an App Store.

The App Store was first launched in the middle of July 2008, at which time it had only about 500 apps for the iPhone and iPod touch. It has since grown substantially, for instance reaching 500 million downloads in January 2009, and a billion in April of that year. In October 2010 the company revealed that downloads had surpassed 7 billion.






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