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March 17, 2012

The Making of Apple's App Store 25 billion Downloads

Apple Says 25B Apps Downloaded from App Store: "Apple has announced that there has been 25 billion downloads from the App Store to date. The countdown to 25,000,000,000 apps began on February 17th when Apple said it would give away a $10K gift card to the person who downloaded the app and incidently  The 25th Billion app downloader was Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China,  which is apple's biggest market who downloaded “Where’s My Water” and won a $10,000 iTunes gift certificate. Where’s My Water is an app created by Disney, which “is a challenging physics-based puzzler complete with vibrant graphics, intuitive controls, and a sensational soundtrack,” according to its maker.

According to Apple there are more than 315 million iOS devices in use worldwide — a figure it originally announced in its last quarterly financial earnings call.his is up by nearly 18 apps from January 2011, when the App Store saw its 10 billionth download, and by 5 apps from when the App Store hit 15 billion downloads in July. .With 550,000 apps available on the App Store, the a average download rate per app, is 45,455 

Apple’s nearly doubled its numbers since early July when the App Store hit the 15 billion download mark (to put this in perspective, Google’s Android Market passed 10 billion app downloads in early December). All its success notwithstanding, Apple recently acquired app search startup Chomp, which should help make navigating through and discovering new apps in the App Store more streamlined and effective.