Apple app store hits 10 billion downloads

January 22, 2011
In this Nov. 26, 2010 file photo, a store employee holds up an iPad at an Apple Store in San Francisco. Apple Inc. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 said that its net income for the holiday quarter jumped 78 percent as shoppers snapped up more iPads than analysts predicted. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(AP) -- Apple says that its app store has hit the 10 billion downloads mark. The milestone, announced on Apple Inc.'s website Saturday, arrives as the company's hugely popular smart phone is likely to become even more popular with the addition next month of Verizon Wireless as a carrier.

The company has sold tens of millions of iPhones since the device launched in 2007 and continues to expand the use of apps with its iPad . Its app store has drawn an army of software developers hoping to piggyback on the company's success. The store now boasts more than 350,000 different programs for the iPhone, iPod Touch or .

Apple said it would give the 10 billionth person to download an app a $10,000 gift card to its iTunes store, which now offers movies and TV shows along with digital music files. And the winner is Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, in the U.K. She downloaded a free game app called Paper Glider.

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