Apple's App Store Tops Two Billion Downloads and Climbing

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Apple today announced that its App Store has recorded more than two billion app downloads since the site first launched in July 2008. Apple added that there are now more than 50 million iPhone and iPod touch owners who have access to over 85,000 apps.

"The rate of App Store downloads continues to accelerate with users downloading a staggering two billion apps in just over a year, including more than half a billion apps this quarter alone," said Steve Jobs , Apple's CEO. "The App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it."

Earlier this month, Jobs said there were 75,000 apps available at the App Store, with 1.8 billion downloads recorded. That means in this month alone, the App Store added 10,000 more apps, or half as many as Android Market's entire catalog. And with Google recently dropping the hammer on Android's third-party ROM development community, Apple's probably in no immediate danger of being dethroned.

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