Tired of trying to decide which games you can afford to buy? How does $10,000 in iTunes credit sound? As incredible as the figure is to believe, the App Store is nearing ten billion downloads. What's even crazier is the rate that apps are downloaded, which you can see by heading over to the 10 Billionth App Countdown site. Thinking about just how many people are out there downloading apps to make it spin by so fast is mind blowing.

Winning is as easy as downloading the ten billionth app, but the rules include some interesting tidbits. Namely, you need to be over 13 and be downloading something from the App Store for the country that you are a resident of. I'm not sure how they'd handle the contest if you're using a New Zealand account to download games early from somewhere else in the world... But wow would it suck to be disqualified.

So... Get to downloading apps! Wait, you're doing that already? Well, I guess do it with your fingers crossed from now on?

  • http://twitter.com/jojoschi Johannes

    You don't have to download an app to enter the competition:
    http://www.apple.com/itunes/10-billion-app-countdown/entry-form/

    • Noah

      That is correct. If you complete the form after the 9,999,999,999th app is downloaded, but before the 10,000,000,000th app is downloaded, you will win.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cat-Astrophy/100000838113704 Cat Astrophy

      Good luck. Like any promotion in the history of the internet....ALL OF THEM cause the site to crash or lag extremely bad. You'll be lucky if you can submit the form within 10 minutes of seeing the page once you attempt to be #10m.

  • Adams Immersive

    Sweet! $10,000 would buy you Angry Birds AND over half of the Angry Birds Tips leechware!

  • MC

    good luck with the taxes on that!

    • http://twitter.com/sespiomatic Calloway McSmithing

      Good point. If you get a 10k gift certificate will you get hit with $2500 in taxes? Considering how unlikely I am to ever spend $2500 in the app store, much less 10k, I think I'll pass on trying to win this one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687852373 Daniel Chen

    is the countdown completely accurate? I did the calculations and it said that it'll be 10 billion in a little more than 8 days. It's going 1000 downloads every 5 seconds

    • Noah

      The countdown is not accurate. It's just a script.

    • http://whackylabs.com sid

      the numbers on the apple homepage and the countdown page are different, so i guess they are inaccurate.. probably just running local on the browser using javascript and syncing periodically with the main server.

    • http://whackylabs.com sid

      the numbers on the apple homepage and the countdown page are different, so i guess they are inaccurate.. probably just running local on the browser using javascript and syncing periodically with the main server.

    • http://whackylabs.com sid

      the numbers on the apple homepage and the countdown page are different, so i guess they are inaccurate.. probably just running local on the browser using javascript and syncing periodically with the main server.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687852373 Daniel Chen

    also interesting - the number on your screenshot is more than 2 million higher than the number on my computer

  • Gravitywave1

    The pic here says, 9,863,912,......but at the Apple site its only 9,861......what the?

  • Pow R Rock

    The prize should be 10 million dollars, I'm not playing :(

  • Voodoovyper

    I hate the way Apple handles prizes. They did this with the billionth download as well. They gave one kid ten grand in iTunes credit. I don't think that, with normal usage, anybody will ever use ten grand in iTunes credit. Why not give give 100 people $100 or 10 people $1,000?

  • Z3r036

    It's not about trying to use it all, it's about having "lifetime" iTunes content. Instead of thinking about buying a movie or game etc. You just do it. Anysong thats available that you want....it's yours. T.V seasons. Mac AppStore.
    You don't have to worry about it coming out of your pocket so there is no
    "on the fence" about purchasing. Unlimited movies on the go, personally I would rent them...to conserve space.

  • http://twitter.com/Skater1405 Devin

    Guys, at times refresh the counter - it's not accurate. If you leave it alone after a couple minutes and refresh it gets a huge jump.

    But unlike the picture, mine says 862 (861 a minute ago) rather than 863.

  • zero36

    I do hear what your saying though, it be much efficient economically and PR wise to allow more winners than one with an intangible amount of usable credit

  • Bob

    There should just be multiple prizes of $1,000 and $100-that way many people can win something. It would take a while to use up $1,000 anyways.

  • Maikelg

    I also noticed the counters are different for different counties. For example the counter on the dutch Apple website is over 3000 apps ahead of the US website.
    http://www.apple.com/nl/itunes/10-billion-app-countdown/

    • Maikelg

      You can even have multiple tabs open with counters from the same Apple site and they will all be different... What's up with that?

      • http://twitter.com/Skater1405 Devin

        I refreshed both (US and the Dutch one) and they're about the same if you don't count the one second between refreshing each page.

      • Maikelg

        Actually i didn't refresh and just let them run next to each other. If you refresh there are crazy jumps of sometimes thousands of apps...

      • http://twitter.com/Skater1405 Devin

        it gets outdated, my guess is the browser/counter can't keep up. I just refresh often to see the current count.

  • EastsideStompers

    I sincerely hope I don't win this; )

  • Tgoulart

    LOL 9.862.242.500 right now but the picture of touch arcade shows 9.863.912.900

  • http://twitter.com/Skater1405 Devin

    I found a way to increase my chances without cheating. :-)

    • EastsideStompers

      Yeah, I also considered sleeping with the Mr Jobs, but thought the better of it in the end...; )

      • http://twitter.com/Skater1405 Devin

        xD

      • Steve Jobs

        What's wrong, it could work. Don't worry, though you aren't worthy of me, I'm pretty lonely. No one sleeps with me because of my turtle necks.

  • Andrew

    i heard if you win, steve jobs will call your phone...

    • EastsideStompers

      how creepy...

  • wohdin

    What the hell is anyone gonna do with 10,000 dollars of iTUNES CREDIT. Seriously. If it was CASH, I could see a lot more people caring about this, but it's not, so how many people are really gonna be interested? It's probably gonna be some totally oblivious person to win it anyway.

    • Lamshade37

      i bet your thought process would change if you won...(:

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cat-Astrophy/100000838113704 Cat Astrophy

      There are plenty of people who DON'T illegally download music and movies so if anything if they aren't much of an app store junkie they have access to the monster iTunes media library for "free". 10k will take a long time to spend.

  • Handintoaster

    that means i could download 10,000 songs!

  • Handintoaster

    does the app have to be completely downloaded cause my internet sucks

  • Bennehftw

    I mean you know that one website where they sell gift cards they don't want that they got for like christmas? like selling a 25 dollar starbucks gift card online for like 20 bucks or something. People actually buy that.

    I mean if I won, I would probably sell the gift card for like 8 grand to someone. And then buy like a 100 dollar itunes gift card for myself and pocket the rest. I know I wouldn't need 10g in appstore monies.

  • Paradiso

    I'm thinking they just credit it to your account, instead of having a $10,000 physical card floating around. For security reasons, and so you can't sell it.

    • Bennehftw

      Well you can still technically sell it, just a lot more trust and a lot more work on your part has to be done. If anything just sell it to a bunch of close friends for cheap. Like I'll sell you 25 bucks worth of stuff for 20. Small increments. It's like any other hustle type business.

    • Bennehftw

      But still on the website it does say gift card technically so.