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Woman who downloaded 25th billionth app shows $10,000 prize

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Mon March 26, 2012

Chinese winner an example of growing popularity

The person who won Apple's contest to be the downloader of the 25th billionth app from the App Store was a Chinese woman named Fu Chunli from Qingdao, reports Chinese Mac site MICgadget. She became the lucky winner by downloading a free version of the Disney game Where's My Water? and received as a reward an iTunes gift card worth $10,000 US. The company invited Fu to the Beijing store to collect her prize.

While there, she was surrounded by journalists and photographers and was given a tour of the store and demonstrations of various Apple products by the staff. Fu was not familiar with most Apple products, having only bought the iPhone a month before the contest and was still learning the basics of the App Store. Fu was unaware of the competition until she was contacted by Apple, and thought it was a hoax at first.

The Chinese media have since dubbed Fu the "Apple Girl" from China, being the first Chinese resident to win an Apple contest. The company has previously given $10,000 iTunes gift cards to those who are download or buy certain "milestone" apps or hardware, but has rarely courted as much publicity. This is likely to capitalize on the fact that the winner was a Chinese citizen, a market Apple expects to expand greatly and which more than doubled in 2011 alone, now making up almost 16 percent of Apple's revenues. [via MICgadget]

by MacNN Staff





  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Thats great!

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple vs. Microsoft

    Apple rewards customers for using its products and services. Microsoft rewards customers of OTHER brands with one of their own products only after the customer has just proven that Microsoft's product is inferior. Inferior even with its "main selling features."

    Still, I admire that Microsoft knows how to design an original operating system, unlike Google.

  1. chas_m


    Joined: Dec 1969



    She HAS to have been hand-picked by Apple rather than randomly chosen -- she's just TOO perfect a winner.

    A girl who just bought an iPhone, downloaded a free app, happens to live in Apple's #1 target market and is only just learning about the App Store and Macs? And she just won a $10,000 iTunes card (an absolute FORTUNE for most Chinese people)? COME ON! Marketing would have had to invent her if she didn't already exist.

    Either way, I hope she enjoys it, and I hope it helps Apple introduce their products to the Chinese people. The product is actually pretty "home-grown" in China, so the least that should happen is that more of them should be able to actually buy one.

  1. AngryFanBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Upper class?

    I seriously doubt she works at Foxconn, living in their "dormitories," on subsistence wages. Likely a fairly well off citizen. Ordinary Chinese could never afford Apple products.
    Just sayin'

  1. facebook_Memnautikus

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    I rather have an apple gift card

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