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Apple Has Paid App Store Developers $7 Billion

That makes nearly 20 billion downloads in 2012 alone, Apple said

Apple said Monday that, excluding re-downloads and updates, more than 40 billion iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps have been downloaded from its App Store and that it has paid developers more than $7 billion.

That makes nearly 20 billion downloads in 2012 alone, Apple said.

Nine months ago downloads had hit 25 million and payments were at $4 billion, up from $2.5 billion the preceding July, so the download craze is on a roll.

This past September Google Play downloads hit 25 billion.

Apple's App Store has over 500 million active accounts and had a record-breaking December with over two billion downloads during the month. There are 775,000 iOS apps, including 300,000 native iPad apps, available.

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