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Apple's App Store Hits 25 Billion Downloads

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The Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/ 3/2012 7:02 pm Updated: 03/ 4/2012 1:09 pm

Someone is about to win $10,000.

Just over two weeks after announcing a countdown to 25 billion app downloads, Apple has revealed that the milestone has been reached.

The company announced the countdown on February 17, saying that the person who downloaded the 25 billionth app would win a $10,000 gift card credit.

The credit can be used in the iTunes Store, the App Store and the iBooks Store, meaning whoever wins could purchase around 10,000 new songs for their library, or, according to The Huffington Post, 10 copies of the $999.99 BarMax CA app. BarMax is essentially an entire bar exam prep course in one huge (over 1 gigabyte) application.

As of this writing the winner had not been announced, but according to Apple's website, a winner will be posted there later.

On February 18, Apple's countdown clock had recorded 24,338,612,000 app downloads, which means that it took just over two weeks for customers to download over 660 million applications, which as The Next Web reports, works out to about 48.6 million per day.

In comparison, about 11 billion apps have been downloaded from Google's Android Market, and about 2 billion from BlackBerry's App World store.

The contest may be over, but there are still apps to be downloaded. Check out 10 essential iPad apps in our slideshow below.

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