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Apple's App Store passes 15 billion downloads, 425,000 apps available

July 7, 2011 | 10:09 am

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Apple's App Store has passed 15 billion downloaded apps and now has more than 425,000 apps available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users to chose from, Apple Inc. announced.

"In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen," Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement.

The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant, in releasing its App Store numbers on Thursday, said there were more than 200 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide.

Of the more than 425,000 apps for sale and in many cases free in the App Store, more than 100,000 are built specifically for the larger screen found on the iPad. Apple, which takes a 30% cut of all App Store revenue, said it has paid developers more than $2.5 billion from the sale of their apps so far.

The App Store sells iOS apps in both Apple's iTunes app for desktops, as well as through App Store apps on iOS devices.

Apple's iPad is the top-selling tablet computer, making iOS the most popular tablet operating system. But in the world of smartphones Google's Android is the most popular operating system.

In May, at Google's I/O developer conference, the search giant and Apple rival said it had more than 200,000 apps at its Android Market and more than 4.5 billion apps had been downloaded.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

twitter.com/nateog

Image: A screenshot of the App Store for iPad apps in iTunes. Credit: Apple

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