Apple begins countdown to 1 billion iPhone apps downloaded

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The countdown has begun. Apple posted a Web page on Friday counting down (or actually counting up) to the one billion app downloaded milestone on the App Store.

That's a significant goal for a couple of reasons. First, you have to be amazed that people have downloaded one billion applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. Second, you can win some cool stuff if you download an app between now and the time that Apple reaches the one billion mark.

All you need to do to enter the contest is go to the App Store and download an app. You are automatically entered to win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule and a MacBook Pro. You can enter up to 25 times per day, according to the contest rules. You can also enter the contest without a download.

In addition to the one billionth app countdown, Apple posted a list of the top 20 paid and free apps of all time on the App Store. The top paid app is Vivendi Games $5.99 Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D and the top free app is Facebook.

Apple's counter currently reads 927, 700, 795 apps download and it's moving fast.

[Updated: 4/10/09 2:45 pm ET] Added in formation on the top downloaded apps.

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