App Store downloads 'about to reach one billion'

14 April 2009 — 10:32 AM

The App Store is proving popular with users of Apple's latest phones

Users of the latest phones and media players from Apple are responsible for nearly one billion downloads from its online store.

The manufacturer responsible for the iPhone and iPod states the milestone figure is about to be reached thanks to the success of its App Store, which went live in 2008.

In celebration of this, it is running a competition that will see one lucky winner receive a $10,000 (£6,731) iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule and a MacBook Pro.

"Just go to the iTunes Store, browse the App Store, and download your best app yet," Apple notes on its website.

The iPhone 3G is fully compatible with all the downloadable content on the App Store and the new competition could inspire those recycling mobile phones to consider the device - which is available exclusively on O2 in the UK.

Recent additions to the online software shop include a widget that allows the handset to record from the users Sky+ set-top box remotely.

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