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Apple begins 50 billion App Store downloads countdown

$10,000 in iTunes credit offered to 50 billionth download

Apple's iTunes App Store is nearing the 50 billion app downloads milestone, and Apple has launched a countdown page to celebrate.

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"As of today, nearly 50 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide. And we couldn't have done it without you. So we want to say thanks," says Apple, which is offering a $10,000 App Store Gift Card to the person who downloads the 50 billionth app.

Those who download the first 50 apps after that milestone will also get a prize - a $500 App Store Gift Card.

The App Store for iOS devices launched in July 2008, and offers over 800,000 apps (according to Apple as of March 2013). The App Store currently serves apps to iOS powered devices including iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini.

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