As MacStories discovered, Apple has launched an official countdown to 50 billion app downloads. There is a new dedicated page available on iTunes, and Apple explains that they will award an App Store gift card of $10,00 to the lucky customer who downloads the 50 billionth app. This year Apple will also be giving out $500 App Store gift cards to the next 50 people who download an app after the initial 50 billionth app is downloaded.
According to the official contest rules the promotion is only open to those who are 13 years of age or older and are located in one of the 155 countries where the App Store is available. There is also a limit of 25 app downloads a day and the actual countdown timer shown is for illustrative purposes only (meaning don’t rely on the countdown timer to be 100% accurate).
You don’t need to download a paid application for it to be counted in the contest either. If you are lucky enough to download the 50 billionth free or paid application you will walk away with a $10,00 App Store gift card. Or of course be one of the 50 people to download an app after and win 1 of 50 $500 App Store gift cards.
Apple has stated on the official webpage for the 50 billionth app download countdown that you can enter even without a purchase or download.
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. Download the 50 billionth app, and you could win a US$10,000 App Store Gift Card. Or download one of the first 50 apps after that, and you could win a US$500 App Store Gift Card.* Browse the App Store and download your next favorite app.
In January 2013 Apple announced 40 billion App Store downloads, and for the 25 billionth app download in 2012 Apple awarded a resident of China a $10,000 App Store gift card.
You better start downloading! Who knows maybe you could be the lucky individual to download the 50 billionth app.