On May 3 Apple said that it was very close to hitting 50 billion app download mark on its App store. Today the company announced that its App Store has surpassed the milestone – which they point out does not include re-downloads of apps or updates by users. While we do not know the exact data and time this milestone was met, we do know who the person was that downloaded the 5 billionth app: Ohio's Brandon Ashmore. Apple awarded him a $10,000 App Store gift card, and his app of choice – the word game Say the Same Thing by Space Inch.
"Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded," said Apple's Eddy Cue.
"The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We're absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years."
Apple's App Store officially opened its virtual doors in July of 2008 with 500 Apps. Today the App Store hosts 850,000 apps for various iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, with more than 350,000 native iPad apps, available in 155 countries. Developers have earned over $9 billion from app sales in the store.