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Apple says app downloads top 40 billion

Apple said Monday that December saw record downloads of more than 2 billion apps.

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Apple said Monday that December saw record downloads of more than 2 billion apps.

CUPERTINO, Calif. — ­Apple says people have downloaded more than 40 billion apps on for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, nearly half of them in 2012.

Apple Inc. said Monday that December saw record downloads of more than 2 billion apps. There are 775,000 individual applications available in the company’s app store. Apple says it has paid app developers more than $7 billion.

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Apple launched its app store in 2008. The store hit the 10 billion downloads mark in early 2011. In March 2012, Apple announced that more than 25 billion apps had been downloaded.

The 40 billion milestone does not include updates or re-downloads.

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