Apple Posts Most Popular Apps as Countdown Begins for 50B Downloads

The App Store is about to hit 50 billion downloads

Apple has kicked off a new countdown promotion, this time for the 50 billionth app to be downloaded from its iTunes App Store. As always, the winner will nab a $10,000 / €10,000 gift card.

The company announces on iTunes, “The App Store is about to hit 50 billion downloads. And you could win a $10,000 Appe Store Gift Card.”

“As we approach 50 billion app downloads, we’ll be awarding a $10,000 App Store Gift Card to the lucky customer who downloads the 50 billionth app,” the company elaborates.

Unlike previous years, this time around Apple will also be giving out $500 / €500 gift cards to each of the next 50 people who download an app.

On the announcement page, Apple posts the most popular iOS apps, paid and free, “each one having played a big role in achieving this historic benchmark.”

Go ahead and check out the promotion at this link.

The promo is open to entrants who are at least 13 years old at the time of entry. You must also be located in a participating country.

The download limit is 25 titles per day, and you can limit your downloads to free apps only – no need for any purchases.

Apple clarifies that the contest ends after the download of the 50,000,000,050th app.

According to the application charts, the all-time favorite paid apps include Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Doodle Jump, Cut the Rope, WhatsApp Messenger, Camera+, and lots of other titles (mostly games).

In the free-apps department, things are a little bit different. The all-time favorite is (unsurprisingly) the Facebook iOS client, followed by Pandora Radio, Instagram, YouTube, Skype, The Weather Channel, Temple Run, Google Search, Netflix, Shazam, and others.

On the iPad, things aren’t much different, though it’s worth noting that the #1 paid app is actually Apple’s Pages productivity app.

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