App store said to hit 10 bil­lion down­loads

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

Ap­ple said Satur­day that its app store has hit the 10 bil­lion down­loads mark.

The mile­stone was an­nounced on Ap­ple’s Web site. The com­pany has sold tens of mil­lions of iPhones since the de­vice launched in 2007, and its app store has drawn an army of soft­ware de­vel­op­ers hop­ing to pig­gy­back on the com­pany’s suc­cess.

The store now boasts more than 350,000 pro­grams for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Ap­ple said it would give the 10 bil­lionth per­son to down­load an app a $10,000 gift card to its iTunes store, which now of­fers movies and TV shows along with dig­i­tal mu­sic files. The win­ner was Gail Davis of Or­p­ing­ton, Kent, in Bri­tain. She down­loaded a free game app called Paper Glider.

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