Apple's App Store Reaches 50 Billion Unique Downloads Excluding Re-downloads and Updates

Apple announces 50 billionth app download on App Store, and awards $10,000 App Store gift card to the winner.

Apple announces the winner of its $10,000 iTunes gift card giveaway after its App Store hits 50 billion app downloads.

The App Store was opened in July 2008 with 500 apps--and since its introduction to date--now offers more than 850,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 350,000 native iPad apps available.

App Store customers can choose from an incredible range of apps in 23 categories, including newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, games, business, news, sports, health & fitness and travel.

The 50 billionth app was Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, LLC, which was downloaded by Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio who received a $10,000 App Store Gift Card to commemorate this historic milestone.

"Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded," said Eddy Cue, Apple's svp of Internet Software and Services.

Adding, "the App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We're absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years," he said.

Apples iTunes App Store hits 50 billion app download mark