Apple’s App Store nears 10 billion downloads

Apple’s running a big ticker on its web site as it heads toward a milestone 10 billion downloads for its App Store worldwide.

The company is celebrating with a contest: Whoever downloads the 10 billionth app could win a $10,000 iTunes gift card.

To say that Apple’s App Store has been a huge success would be an understatement. At the end of September 2009, 2 billion apps had been downloaded from the store. In January 2010 the number was 3 billion. The number has more than tripled approximately one year later, showing the strength of Apple’s app ecosystem, which now encompasses three major devices: the iPod touch, the iPhone and the iPad.

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