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App Store's 25 Billionth Download Comes From China with 'Where's My Water? Free'

Apple today announced the winner of its "25 Billion App Countdown" promotion that saw the company pass milestone late Friday. For the first time in one of Apple's countdown competitions, the winner, Chunli Fu, came from China.

Disney's Where's My Water? Free was the milestone download, and the winner will receive an iTunes Gift Card worth US$10,000.
“We’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users.”
Apple notes that the App Store is currently available in 123 countries with over 550,000 applications available for download. Apps span 21 different categories, and the company has paid out over $4 billion to developers for their 70% share of revenue from paid downloads.

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32 months ago

I wonder if the winner will have to pay taxes on that gift card or if Apple will cover those?


In the United States, yes. The winner will not pay taxes upon receipt of the gift card (because gift cards are untaxed), but only pay taxes after purchases occur with said gift card.

For example, you buy an Olive Garden gift card for $25. You pay exactly $25 to get the gift card. If you use this gift card to buy something later at Olive Garden for $25.00, tax is added, making it, say, $26.25 (with 5% tax rate). You give Olive Garden your gift card, and pay an additional $1.25 in cash.

I doubt I would even accept that prize if I had to pay taxes on it unless I could get the gift card broken up into numerous $100 cards to sell on one of those gift card buying sites.


Wow. Entitlement mentality at it's best.
Rating: 20 Votes
32 months ago
I wonder if the winner will have to pay taxes on that gift card or if Apple will cover those? I doubt I would even accept that prize if I had to pay taxes on it unless I could get the gift card broken up into numerous $100 cards to sell on one of those gift card buying sites.
Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago
Funny that.

Seems it would be a pretty nice marketing move to push sales in a massive country.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence though
:cool:
Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago
Congratulations Chunli!

Rating: 15 Votes
32 months ago

Congrats Chunli Fu if you read MR!


Let's hope her Government lets her view it :p
Rating: 14 Votes
32 months ago
Congrats, Chunli Fu.
(Wondering how many visits MacRumors gets from China every day? ... @Arn ?)
Rating: 11 Votes
32 months ago
Congrats Chunli Fu if you read MR!
Rating: 10 Votes
32 months ago

Funny that.

Seems it would be a pretty nice marketing move to push sales in a massive country.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence though
:cool:


Cynical, much? :p
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago

In the United States, yes. The winner will not pay taxes upon receipt of the gift card (because gift cards are untaxed), but only pay taxes after purchases occur with said gift card.

For example, you buy an Olive Garden gift card for $25. You pay exactly $25 to get the gift card. If you use this gift card to buy something later at Olive Garden for $25.00, tax is added, making it, say, $26.25 (with 5% tax rate). You give Olive Garden your gift card, and pay an additional $1.25 in cash.



Wow. Entitlement mentality at it's best.


I have to agree with Velocity to a point....if I had to pay a $3000 tax on a $10,000 gift certificate to some software store (the App store), I would probably not accept the gift either.

1)Even if I paid the $3k, I would still need to acquire $3k worth of App Store stuff just to break even! How many $1.99 apps or even $9.99 apps do I NEED?! Anywhere from 300 to 1500 according to my calculations to simply offset the taxes. On my iPhone or iPad or even over a scattered few iOS devices in my house. Yeah...not gonna happen.

2)I doubt I could even use $1000k at the App Store...I have enough music and do I really need to fill up my iPhone with 50 apps that I bought just to buy?

This "contest" isn't like something we voluntarily signed up for and were foaming at the mouth to win such as a car or $10,000 cash prize...or a flat $10,000 prize to the Apple.com entire website or Bestbuy. This is a taxable gift card to download some apps and music. Although it's a nice gesture from Apple, even over the next 20 years I would not ring up $10k worth of App Store goods.
Rating: 8 Votes
32 months ago

$10,000 - that's a lot of music!


And TV Shows and Movies and Apps etc.

iTunes is pretty good. :cool:
Rating: 8 Votes

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