On Wednesday, Apple announce the total number of downloads, which passed 50 billion. The person who was the 50th in app downloading will receive a $10,000 App Store gift card. Moreover, the next 50 people who downloaded apps will claim a $500 gift card. The name of the “winner” wasn’t sounded as well as the name of the downloaded app. Apple announced its plans for the contest at the beginning of the month and added counting timers in iTunes and later on its Web site. It should be noted that Apple receives 30% of the revenue from app customers, meaning the company has made around $3.86 billion from the app store.
The last big contest came in March 2012, when Chinese resident downloaded the 25 billionth app. That time, Chunli Fu was gifted a $10,000 card and a trip to one of Apple’s stores to use it. Not so far this year, Apple paid out a 10,000 Euro iTunes gift card for the 25th billion song sold on iTunes.
Meanwhile, Apple wasn’t the first to introduce an App Store-Nokia did. Currently, there are about 800,000 apps to choose from on both Apple’s and Google’s store. Variety of the sizes is an important weapon in the smartphone wars between the largest electronic companies, such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry. While Apple and Google compete for the largest and most profitable stores, Microsoft’s Windows Phone and BlackBerry are still in need of key apps such as the Instagram and Snapchat.
The App Store has done much for Apple, being a huge moneymaker for the company, which receives 30 percent of the revenue from its app store, which comes to about $3.86 billion since 2008.