App Store hits 50 billion downloads

Tech giant reveals customers have download over 50 billion apps since store opened in July 2008 at a rate of 800 per second.

More than 50 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, Apple has announced. Customers are downloading more than 800 apps per second for an average of 2 billion per month, the company said.

The 50 billionth app downloaded was Say The Same Thing, a word-matching game from the band OK Go. It was downloaded by a man in Ohio, who received a $10,000 App Store gift card to mark the milestone as part of a previously announced promotional campaign.

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

The App Store originally launched in July 2008 with 500 total apps. At present, there are more than 850,000 apps in the store, available for iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch. Apple recently revealed the top 25 paid app list, which was dominated by games.

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26 comments
surferosh
surferosh

aha... !!!!

i was waiting for Eddie to post something on this....  

now Eddie,, where are our updates on the Google Play store and announcements from Google's I/O conference where they disclosed a few updates and importantly a GAME management system with badges (like achievements).....

and that Sonic is headed to Android too. and Sony has got access to Android open source in order to make games for the platform..  and that Google is selling the Galaxy S4 with pure Android 4.2..

all we ask Eddie is, why the goddamn bias in 'reporting' ??

do Apple pay you extra for all the PR ??

sonyfreak456
sonyfreak456

2018: The App Store Hits 100 Billion Apps Downloaded.

Marky360
Marky360

I literally just got an iPad this week. my bro won it in a tournament playing league of legends online and gave it to me as a gift. I've never wanted an iPad or any tablet for that matter but after having it for a few days I gotta say I really like it. It makes surfing the net a lot easier then it was using my PS3 or Xbox 360 web browser and some of the apps are really cool. so I guess I'm one of the 50million app downloads which is something I never thought I'd be.

MVM69
MVM69

49.9 billion were deleted 2 seconds after load up.

inkyspot
inkyspot

If it wasn't for that last purchase I did, they'd still be at Nine Hundred nighty nine million, nine hundred ninety nine thousand, nine hundred ninety nine downloads.

They owe me for this.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

.... How is this, IN ANY FUCKING WAY, relevant to a gaming site.

lel le Angreh Burds!

m4a5
m4a5

Oh Eddie, you did it again. Putting such a useless article as a highlight -_-

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Beats nintendo' 2.1 million wow.. still like 3ds do.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

10% of all apps are Fart Boxes and Bar Tending Apps. Way to go Apple! 

TheGovenor
TheGovenor

i was looking at the countdown (couuntup?) thingy that recorded how many apps were being downloaded and it was moving at a staggering rate. Such easy money.

sapphire54
sapphire54

With apps generating this much money, someday apps will fuel wars. We won't even need to pay tax :p

jblp
jblp

@surferosh I'm guessing there are a lot of iPhones around the Gamespot offices and mass cluelessness regarding Android. The same goes for Giantbomb.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@TohouAsura Because a lot of people play games on their phones. In fact more people play games on phones than on consoles and PCs combined. So its pretty relevant.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@Lhomity @TohouAsura Not really, it's not a gaming dedicated platform and it's not news that affects current developing games or anything about the industry at large. And the news regards all apps, not just games.

This would be like reporting how many Blu-Ray movies were sold. Sure, PS3 play Blu-Ray movies, but why should I care?

I'd like to see if they mention anything when Google hits 1,000,000 Million apps on the Play Store. Would you still call that relevant?


Elann2008
Elann2008

@HowlPendragon

Windows Phone doesn't even have access to apps that Android and Apple can.    Sucks!

surferosh
surferosh

@rukshan47  even if it did, a supposedly 'neutral' game reporting site should cover news about it.. after all, they do post articles on the Wii U  ;)