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Apple's App Store is heading towards another major milestone: 50 billion downloads. In keeping with tradition, Apple is offering a US$10,000 gift card in a related promotion.

It took just 10 months for the App Store to clock up one billion downloads after the store opened in 2008.

Three months later, the tally hit 1.5 billion. The next half-billion took just two more months http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/mobility/28038-app-store-turns-2-billion , giving two billion in September 2009.

Early 2011 saw the 10 billion mark, and Apple offered a US$10,000 gift card as a prize to mark the occasion.

By mid 2011 the count reached 15 billion, and an amazing 20 billion downloads during 2012 took the total to 40 billion.

It seems the pace isn't slowing, as Apple has now announced a a US$10,000 gift card competition to mark the 50 billionth download.

And it's not a case of winner takes all - those who download the next 50 apps following the 50 billionth stand to win a US$500 gift card.

It is possible to enter the competition without downloading an app.

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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