Despite all the criticisms about Steve Jobs walled garden, Apple has been able to produce a highly successful app store for iOS that is unmatched by rivals like Android (despite the latter outselling iOS last year).
In celebration of their 10 billionth download, Cupertino is giving away an iTunes gift card that would easily put the Macbook Air and Verizon iPad within reach.
As of today, nearly 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 10 billionth app, and you could win a US $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. Just visit the App Store, and download what could be your best app yet. (via Apple.com)
Prizes and gift cards aside, Apple thus far is the only company that boasts how many billions (not millions) of total apps are downloaded, which might explain why developers are flocking towards iOS despite Cupertino’s draconian rules.
Android which is arguably Apple’s biggest threat was estimated to have a total of 289 million downloads last year (note: Apple was at 3 billion downloads around the same time), although Google has yet to release any official numbers for the Android app market.
(Hat Tip: Daring Fireball)