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Apple offering $10,000 for the 50 billionth download

Just as they did last year for the 25 billionth download, Apple is offering a $10k gift certificate for the person who is the 50 billionth downloader – app developers will see a spike from this gimmick, for sure.

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50 billionth app download wins $10,000

Apple has announced a contest wherein they will offer a $10,000 gift card to the person who downloads the 50 billionth app from the App Store and $500 for the 50 people to download apps after the 50 billionth. Apple has run similar contests to promote and celebrate milestones, as they did in February 2012 at the 25 billion mark, much like grocery stores once did for the millionth visitor and so forth.

Apple says they have already passed the 49 billion app download mark, and it is foreseeable that app downloads will accelerate closer to the 50 billion mark.

The winning gift cards may be redeemed in the App Store, and with the average song costing $0.99 and the average app download costing $1.54, the winner will pretty much be set for life. It is interesting, however, that the winner cannot redeem their massive winnings on any software, hardware, devices, or accessories available in the Apple stores.

The live countdown can be seen by clicking the following image (the counter is pretty fast, so the image below will be outdated before this article even publishes):

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What would you do if you won?

“Apps have revolutionized the way we play video games, consume news, do business, educate, communicate, create art, and so much more. 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, and a $500 App Store Gift Card to each of the next 50 people to download an app,” the company announced.

Children under the age of 13 are not eligible and each person is limited to 25 entries per day. Interestingly, no download is required to win the 50 billionth app download contest and anyone can enter on the contest website.

Will you be downloading apps as the clock nears 50 billion? What would you buy with $10,000 worth of iTunes credits? Would you go on a spree or spread out your winnings over time? Tell us in comments what you would do if you won.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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