Apple is giving a $10,000 iTunes gift card to whoever downloaded its 50 billionth app
Another 50 runner-up winners will get $500 gift cards
The milestone was reached at 4:54 pm ET Wednesday
At 4:54 pm ET on Wednesday, someone downloaded the 50 billionth app from Apple’s online App Store.
Apple will give the lucky downloader a $10,000 iTunes gift card. The next 50 people to download an app after that will each receive a $500 gift card.
There was no immediate word from Apple on who won. Apple had a live countdown ticker on its iTunes Web page.
The promotion is yet another reminder of the massive success of Apple’s App Store, which opened in 2008, added to the appeal of the iPhone and spawned many bad “there’s an app for that” headlines. It also inspired online app stores by Google, BlackBerry and other companies.
This marks the second time in three months that Apple has celebrated an iTunes milestone. In February, Phillip Lupke of Germany received a 10,000 euro (about $13,528) iTunes gift card for downloading the 25 billionth song.
How massive a number is 50 billion? According to Apple, counting to 50 billion would take a person 1,600 years.