Apple's App Store hits 50 billion downloads

Apple's App Store hits 50 billion downloads
You knew that Apple would be swooping in to steal some of the spotlight from Google today, and the news just dropped. Whereas Google announced earlier today that the Google Play Store has reached 48 billion downloads, Apple has just announced that the iTunes App Store has hit 50 billion downloads. Although, given the headstart that Apple had in mobile, we wonder which number is really more impressive.

Apple launched the App Store in July of 2008 when it released iOS 2.0 and the iPhone 3G, and at that time, the iPhone and iOS were already a huge success. Google launched the Play Store (then called the Android Market) in October of 2008 along with the first Android device, the HTC G1, and it would still be a couple of years before Android could be considered a true success. But, here we are and Google Play is just 2 billion apps behind, assuming both companies are counting the same way.

Either way, Apple should soon be announcing the 50 billionth downloader who has won a $10,000 App Store gift card, and the 50 runners-up will each be getting $500 gift cards. 

source: @Apple

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39 Comments

1. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Does anyone really care.... NEEEXT!

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2951; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I don't really care but you know what? I'm going to click on the phonearena Apple article, read it, and post a comment. That will show them that I don't care! Really..I don't..please believe me. Please?

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO exactly... He cares Ninteysix.

24. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

NO I don't care ! Nothing against the author but.... i was making a point does this article really need to be written. Waste of cyber space.

26. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

so the articles and future ones on googles play store arent needed either by your logic right?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

1. Read article header 2. Click on article 3. Read article 4. Scroll down to leave comment 5. Click leave comment 6. Think of something silly to say to make it look like you don't care, when in fact you do 7. Type silly comment that makes it look like you don't care when in fact you do 8. Click on post comment to post the silly comment you thought of, to make it look like you don't really care when in fact you do 9. Repeatedly check for green thumbs to insure fellow fanboys like the silly comment you thought of to make it look like you don't care when in fact. You do 10. Awwwwww you care about apple

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Oh come now. Do you honestly believe Zero read the article?

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO... Nope Michael I don't.

35. askbingask

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

take a look at this there are only 5 iphones but there are 1000's of android devices then also apple is ahead of android i don't know why so much hate for apple android fans are cowards don't know any thing they just bark..............

2. Andman314

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Google Play store is still better!!!

6. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

they both basically do the same thing....why is google play better? ohh because its google and apple is the devil right whill you get your head from the lap of google come up for air and stop the fanwar bs

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Better is speculative, but it's a fact that iTunes ecosystem at the current time is deeper and more diverse than the play store. Play store is almost caught up though.

9. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lmao the AppStore is garbage and is the most unattractive excuse of a storefront.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"App Store is garbage" is also speculative...it's also the number one App Store, which is fact...not speculative.

18. Droiddoes unregistered

It is also across multiple platforms, whereas Google Play is only on phones and tablets.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your right, and as I said to googles credit they're almost caught up, but at the moment iTunes isn't necessarily the better choice...it's just deeper and more diverse.

15. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

kid theres no point you commenting as yur a cult android fanboy with no sense of unbias but to entertain your tiny mind answer these questions first why is it now that google play has caught up with sales and number of apps suddenly numbers matter yet when apple dominated those numbers you would cry its not the number that matters sticking with numbers and going off topic but i want an answer off a fanboy like yourself when the iphone outsold everything by miles you say its because there following a trend and sales dont prove anything....now the s4 is selling well and suddenly your kind use this as backing to your fanboy comments that android is best...i could go on about now android mostly used doesnt this mean there are many just following but in your eyes its only different when its android so try respond to this kid if you cant well go draw a pretty picture because im sick of your kind

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hypocrisy, and double standards exist in his world of tech. He's a childish person that's here for no other reason than to cause trouble, and try to keep the fanboy flame wars going. C'mon gmracer1 give us something good and childish with your response bro...we're waiting.

29. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

There is a new flagship Android phone almost every 3 months, and the iPhone outsells every one of them. I've course diffrent manufacturers produce flagship phones, it's not a problem. IPhone has been present from 2007. Android hasn't started growing untill 2009 late. Even iPhone having a head start, Android still leads in marketshare, over 50% as compared to 30% on his. Rudimentary statics knowledge is all that is necessary to understand that having one device with large marketshare is hard to sustain for long term sucess. Android offers choice and is free and totally open OS, ups doesn't which is why I feel bad that everyone is forced to buy one edition of the iPhone, if they want the latest oneĀ® Sad pathetic and useless, listen to you're messia...

32. Ninetysix

Posts: 2951; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Please improve your trolling skills. Android is a mobile operating system while an iPhone is a smartphone. Stop comparing the two. It's like saying that Honda, Mazda, Hyundai, Suzuki, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, and Kia sells more cars than the Camry. See the difference?

34. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

I needed a cheap tablet for reading so I bought an iPad mini. I thought the Apple App Store had more and better apps than play store but I couldn't find the app or anything the same as what I use on my S3 whereas theres some 8 or more of the same kind but with slight navigation differences in Play Store (which is very important to me). So I'm switching back to Android and planning to buy a 7.0 Tab 2!

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Such a liar. If you needed a cheap tablet for reading, why buy a 350 iPad mini over a 149 kindle. C'mon man that was just a weak diss to the iPod mini lmao...nice try though. Notice I'm the only one that responded in any way lol.

39. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Originally I planned to buy the 7.0 tab 2 wifi but my co-league with an iphone5 encouraged me to buy an iPad mini instead and what I meant cheap was when compared to 10inchers. And it was'nt really cheap for me though and Kindles are not popular in my country for 7inchers. And also prices here are slightly higher than in US. And I never said the iPad mini or the AppStore was worse than the PlayStore. Its just that I expected more of it but was disappointed. Anyway I think its hard to find more of the app I need though, as it was a Bible app with a certain version. I was just disappointed from my high expectation from the AppStore that it had fewer (I believe it had none) of the app that the PlayStore had more. I believe the iPad mini is a really good device overall but it just doesn't suit my need that's all.

8. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Or you could have just read the article and seen that exact point made along with that same link...

17. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Nah. I hate reading. I just wanted to jump all over making the post, and gaining some trolled reds :D

33. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No, actually you just looked pretty stupid.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Also the link says gaining steam, not passed them up. I woulda waited so that my point wouldn't have been moot.

16. Droiddoes unregistered

Padded numbers when you factor in ipods.

21. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Why not add them? I'm sure they're adding all devices that run iOS and Android. Both OS's have phones, MP3 players,and tablets.

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