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Apple Posts Countdown to 50 Billion App Downloads

With its weekly App Store refresh, Apple has today launched an official countdown to 50 billion app downloads. Through a page available on iTunes, Apple explains that they will award an App Store gift card of $10,000 to the lucky customer who will download the 50 billionth app, plus a $500 App Store gift card to each of the next 50 people to download an app.

Apps have revolutionized the way we play video games, consume news, do business, educate, communicate, create art, and so much more.

The countdown promotion is open to entrants who are 13 years of age or older and are located in one of the 155 countries where the App Store is available. There's a limit of 25 entries per person per day; Apple specifies that the live counter is for "illustrative purposes" only.

In the App Store page, Apple has also posted links to official rules and a guide to enter to win without a purchase or download, but the links aren't live on yet. We will update this more with more information as it becomes available from Apple.

Apple announced 40 billion App Store downloads in January 2013, with 20 billion of them in 2012 alone. For the 25 billionth app download in 2012, Apple awarded  Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China -- who downloaded  Where’s My Water? Free -- with a $10,000 gift card.