Apple is close to hitting 1 billion downloads from its App Store and plans on a prize giveaway that includes a MacBook Pro and an iPod Touch. In the free apps category, Facebook and Google Earth have been the most popular downloads. In the paid apps category, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D tops that particular chart.
has placed a counter on its Web site showing the number of downloaded apps,
which is approaching the 1 billion mark. In a contest tied to the occasion, the company will randomly select one individual who downloads an app before that 1 billion milestone to receive prizes including a
MacBook Pro, an iPod Touch and other products.
At around 2:30 p.m. on April 10,
heading into the weekend, the counter was rattling off 1,000 apps sales roughly
every 12 seconds.
Independent developers' contributions to Apple's App Store have raised the
number of available apps to more than 25,000, and it took eight months since
the App Store's July 2008 launch for the total number of downloads to surpass
The iPhone is currently in use by an estimated 17 million users in 80
While some have expressed doubts about the iPhone's utility to the
enterprise, a number of apps by Salesforce.com, Citrix Systems and other IT
companies have introduced
an element of business functionality to the device.
apps by Bloomberg, PayPal and the like
have also added to the iPhone's
According to Apple, the most-downloaded free apps include Facebook for
iPhone, which allows users to check their status updates and stay connected to
the popular social networking site; Google Earth; and Pandora, which delivers
free streaming music.
The most-downloaded paid apps include Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D, in
which players can race along 12 3D tracks, and Koi Pond, an app that allows
users to taunt Koi fish swimming in a shallow pool of water.
On March 18, Apple
premiered iPhone OS 3.0
, offering 100 new features, including a few
designed to make the device more enterprise-friendly. The updated software
development kit features more than 1,000 new APIs.
Editor's Note: This article has been revised with regard to Apple's contest details.