Apple's App Store Hits Record 2 Billion Downloads in December
The App Store also hits 40 billion downloads since its inception in July 2008, including almost 20 billion in 2012 alone.Apple's App Store is continuing its rapid success, marking 40 billion downloads by customers since the store was created in July 2008, with some 20 billion downloads of that total coming in 2012 alone. Those are the latest figures, announced Jan. 7 by Apple, and also include a record-breaking month of December 2012, in which the App Store provided more than 2 billion downloads in a single month. "It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in a statement. "Developers have made over 7 billion dollars on the App Store, and we continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can create the most innovative apps in the world." There are more than 775,000 apps that are available in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users worldwide. The App Store offers apps to users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 300,000 native iPad apps available in some 23 categories, including newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, games, business, news, sports, health and fitness, and travel.
In September 2012, Google's competing Play Store attained an impressive milestone of its own when it reached the 25 billion download mark for content purchased through the store—after only six months of sales.