May 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM ET
Owners of iPods and iPads and iPhones around the world have downloaded 50 billion apps from the App Store, Apple announced today. And counting.
Apple makes a point of saying its 50 billion doesn't include updates or re-downloads. A Google spokesperson clarified to NBC News that the Play count does not include re-downloads or app updates either, or one app downloaded on an owner's multiple devices.
Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio, downloaded the 50 billionth app — the two-player word game "Say The Same Thing" — and got $10,000 in credit as a thank you from Apple, to buy apps, tunes, videos or books in the company's media stores.
Apple users around the globe are downloading 800 apps per second, which runs up a bill of 2 billion apps every month, Apple said.
Just last year, Apple's App Store store recorded 25 billion downloads in March, when a resident of Qindao, China, was surprised with a $10,000 iTunes gift card when she downloaded the "Where's My Water" game a month into using her new iPhone.