Apple is reporting that on Sunday, March 4, the Apple App Store officially reached the 25 billion app download milestone with over 700,000 apps available for purchase and download by iOS users.
The app store was launched with the iPhone 3G in July 2008, making it three years and seven months old when it hit the 25 billionth download request.
The user who downloaded the fateful app will receive a $10,000 iTunes voucher. He or she is not yet named.
Analysis: 25 billion is certainly a large number, but I wanted to see it in context and therefore took a look at the stats Apple’s main rival. The Android Marketplace, now folded into Google Play, reached about 10 billion last December, and the Android Marketplace is about three months younger than the App Store.
So all in all, it’s a rather impressive gap between the two. However, I believe Apple wanted it to be Grand Canyon levels of difference between the two because the numbers that Google are posting for Android are not bad at all, and they’re still very much in the mobile phone OS game.