Apple celebrates 1,000,000,000 apps downloaded this month?

Apple celebrates 1,000,000,000 apps downloaded this month?
Apple is closing in on the 1,000,000,000th app downloaded world wide and they are running a contest to commemorate the event with the grand prize being a $10,000 iTunes gift card. Other prizes include an iPod touch and a MacBook Pro among other fine items. The App Store has been open for about 9 months which works out to roughly 110 million downloads monthly, all the way down to about 44 per second. Apple has posted a running scoreboard that gives a live estimate on the number of downloaded apps while you watch. If you are in to self-hypnosis or just have nothing better to do, you can see the numbers change right before your eyes by hitting this link where you can also get contest rules and a list of the top 20 downloaded apps of all time. A rough calculation gives us April 30th as a guess as to when number 1,000,000,000 will be reached, so check back here when the target is hit and we will see how close we came.

source: Apple via EngadgetMobile



1. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

This is so newsworthy.

2. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008


6. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

That is a crap load of apps downloaded though. I wonder how Blackberry App World will do? There are a lot more Blackberry users out there, so I wonder if it will compare... and if they will report it...

10. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

while there are more blackberry users, not all blackberries can support appworld... while i do see more revenue being generated by appworld, as it is going to be more productive for the business users, and there arent multiple copies of the same pointless apps (fart app, im talking to you)...

14. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

the app world is awesome on the storm

17. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This is news. Big news actually. I think its pretty awesome how they are reaching 1 billion application downloads. Its so funny that you guys think that Apple getting sued is so important even considering how they get sued all the time by random people, but its not important if one of their features is so successful that they are reaching a billion youtube downloads. This reinforces how you guys are just haters. Everyone was rejoicing and lolololololololololoing and writing all kinds of remarks. If this article was not worthy, why did you guys click the link? I'm pretty sure the link gave a good enough description to tell what the article was going to be about. And yet, here you guys are. But sometimes I do have to agree with you guys. Some articles of the iPhone are unnecessary (like the one about the discontinued iPhone bluetooth headset). But there are unnecessary news for almost every company and every carrier. I mean, do we have to be notified for every single Blackberry firmware update? Before every use to say that there were so many software updates to the original iphone because they could never get it right the first time. But I guess its okay for Blackberry to release a new firmware update every second.

24. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Oops, I didn't mean YouTube downloads u meant application downloads. Sorry I was watching YouTube while commenting


Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

WOW! Well said, I agree with you a 100%. I actually like this article.

3. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

i find this more newsworthy than most iphone articles... this is nice for those with an iphone, or ipod touch... i dont fall under either category, but for those that do, good luck winning some free stuff (minus the price for the app)...

4. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha ya i agree

7. ccarrier012

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

You can download free apps and it counts towards the contest. Other than that, I agree with you also.

8. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

going off of my formula, a free app takes no cost out of your pocket... i shouldve mentioned that they do have free apps... thanks for pointing that out...

16. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

If you go to the website, you can submit an entry form without buying or downloading anything, up to 25 times per day.

5. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

For anyone who own a device eligible to earn these prizes it's TOTALLY newsworthy. Who the hell wouldn't wanna be signed up to win some of this sweet swag?!?!?!

11. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Anyone who isnt paid by Apple to post marketing catchphrases online.

15. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Wonder how long it'll be until the $10,000 ITunes giftcard is sold on Ebay, and I wonder for how much? DRM-Free music FTW

9. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I hope people will say "this is so newsworthy" with sarcasm when Phone Arena posts up an articles about the Blackberry App store getting its 1 millionth download. Just because you don't like the iPhone, doesn't mean you need to bash it. Cause you bashing it isn't going to stop sells or apps downloads.

12. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I dont care who the manufacturer is, this is not news. The Verizon Wireless GIN store, which was the FIRST app store by the way, exceeded 1,000,000,000 a LONG LONG time ago and I never saw an article on here.

13. ICanAffordVZW

Posts: 123; Member since: Dec 15, 2008

Jyakotu, do you know how to formulate a correct sentence?

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Nobody cares or cared about Get it Now. I think I had one of the first few handsets with that feature and it still sucked when it was a new thing. They probably exceded 1 billion downloads, but was there 114 million downloads every month? I doubt it. And people are buying iPhone apps like crazy. CNET thinks 1 billion downloads is noteworthy. So does abcnews, PCMag, USAToday, Yahoo News, etc.But I guess what Legion says is law right? I probably didn't have more than 10 downloaded applications when I had my vx6100, vx7000, vx8100, samsung 670 and Voyager. And plus buying unlimited use costs like 7.99 for a game that is sometimes freaking slow (depending on device), bad quality graphics (basically all devices), and that you can beat within half an hour. But you're right that phonearena didn't advertise Get it Now. But neither did Verizon, so I guess its not really something worth celebrating. I wouldn't even be surprised if the Get it now didn't even have 500K downloads considering that most people who had the feature didn't use it. And you can't really consider Get it Now as the first app store. Get it Now was seriously a joke. I don't even consider them applications. I just did some research and I found nowhere that said that Get it Now reached 1 billion downloads, so what are you talking about? Just keep dreaming.

19. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

We're here to talk about phones not grammar. We're not getting graded here. And seriously ICanAffordVZW, who says "do you know how to formulate a correct sentence"? Why use formulate? I know I just said that we're here to talk about phones, but I just wanted to say that you're the one who sounds bad. Nothing bad stood out to me when I was reading Jyakotu's comment, but when I read yours I was like what the heck. And while we're talking, can you formulate me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

20. jonky876

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 08, 2009

maybe all of the iphone users have to go to the app store because all of thier phones come stripped down and a clone that you cant do anything with......... until you BUY every small feature to try and make it unique or "cool"

21. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

So.......your argument is that GIN is stupid so therefore it doesnt count????? MANY of the same apps on the iphone store are available on GIN but thats right im sorry, we dont have a fart app. I could just send you the .wav file and save you the money though. Not liking something is no reason to summarily dismiss it, unless its the iphone of course!

22. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

also, you are complaining about bad graphics for games on a 670 or 6100? What are you smoking crack? VZW has had Metal Gear Solid Mobile as an exclusive for a year now in addition to a library of games that puts the iapp store to shame, you see, there is not much you can do gamewise with nothing but a touchscreen. I pity anyone playing games on an iphone, "YAY, I can turn my phone, Di Di Di!".

23. The Godfather unregistered

actually GIN to date has recorded over 31 billion apps downloaded.....and that is off the official VZW infomanager

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I guess you're right. No matter how much it sucked (to me cause I guess you liked it), Get it Now was really the first application store. I'm not afraid to admit that. But please please please tell me you are joking. You cannot be serious about the GIN being superior. I'm saying this not because I am an Apple fanyboy like people might be thinking (people can think whatever but I kind of don't care) but because I've played a few of those games a little more than 6 months ago on my Voyager. Metal Gear Solid is not even that good. Try searching Metal Gear Solid for iphone and tell me which one is better graphic wise. Konami even made an advertisement for the iphone version. And why do people keep talking about that fart application? I think that's one of the dumbest application ever. If someone really wants to make fart sounds, they don't need an application. I honestly had to delete applications (like Real Soccer 2009) from my phone because someone I knew kept asking to play it every single time I saw him. Before I deleted it, he even told me not to mess with his file. And the games with the accelerometer are pretty good (they beat GIN's $10.99 for 3D pinball), but I think the best games on the phone are the ones that don't use it. A FEW games on GIN are not that bad either. I did really really enjoy a 3D snowboarding game, but I had to delete that too. Not because someone I knew really liked it but because my subscription was over and I didn't want to pay another $4 for another month subscription or another $8 for unlimited use.

26. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

That really wasn't a burn. I really can't find any of this information anywhere on the web. I'm googling my butt off but I see nothing. I can't find anything but if you say its off the official VZW infomanger then it must be true. I'll take it as the truth even though its really really hard to believe. But this might include ringtones and wallpaper and stuff.

27. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

have you tried haha lol

28. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I agree with the majority of your statement. I believe in its current state the GIN store is superior to the Iphone store but the Iphone store is catching up, fast. I have seen some really impressive stuff on both platforms but I cant stand playing touchscreen games becuase my finger will block the screen and I cant see playing any fast-paced action game with out a d-pad and buttons. Just doesnt seem like it works but racing games and others will work well on the iphone without a doubt. Some of them have been ported to VZW and work very well on the Versa.

30. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I can't really comment on the racing games because Ive never played one in my phone. Racing games don't really appeal to me. But I think that the app store is ahead and Verizon is trying to catch up. One thing that I remember reading is an article that said Verizon plans on releasing it's own app store. First of all, I thought Verizon already had an app store (GIN) and second if it was really that great I see no need in making another one. I really don't beleive that GIN is superior. If you're using the commercials of the iPhone/iPod games, then don't. Most of those are fun little happy happy games used for just advertising, but those are not how all the games are like. I'm sure most people on this site, whether iPhone/iPod users or not, will agree with me when I say that the app store games are better/more fun than GIN or other cellular games.

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