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Apple's App Store tops 15bn downloads

Apple's App Store tops 15bn downloads
Stuart Dredge

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Devices / iPhone / July 7th 2011 at 3:46PM

Company says it has paid out $2.5bn to iOS app developers since its launch in July 2008.

Apple has announced that its App Store has now generated more than 15 billion downloads across iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

The company has also paid out more than $2.5 billion to developers since the store's launch in July 2008. The store now has a catalogue of more than 425,000 apps - including 100,000 native iPad apps - with an addressable base of 200 million iOS devices.

"In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen," says SVP of worldwide product marketing Philip Schiller. "Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads."

Three developers shared the limelight with Apple in its press release to mark the milestone: Smule, Epic Games and Callaway Diital Arts.

"We knew the iPad was going to be a revolutionary storytelling device, but never could have anticipated it would become so popular, so quickly," says the latter's CEO Nicholas Callaway.