Apple has today announced the winner of its $10,000 App Store gift card after the App Store surpassed 50 billion downloads on Wednesday. The lucky customer is Brandon Ashmore of Mentor, Ohio, who downloaded Say the Same Thing, a word game from Space Inch.
“Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.
“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.”
Since it opened with just 500 apps in July 2008, the App Store has seen more than 850,000 titles added to its catalog, 350,000 of which are native iPad apps. The App Store is now available in 155 countries around the world, and a whopping 800 apps are downloaded every single second — that’s 2 billion downloads a month.
Apple began its countdown to 50 billion downloads on May 2. The Cupertino company held a similar $10,000 gift card giveaway for 25 billion song downloads from the iTunes Music Store back in February.