App Store tops 40 billion downloads

Apple on Monday said that customers have downloaded more than 40 billion apps from the App Store. The company also said that nearly 20 billion of those downloads came in 2012. It’s important to note that these are unique downloads, not re-downloads or updates.

December was a record breaking month for the App Store as the company racked up more than 2 billion downloads in the holiday season alone.

In all, there are 775,000 apps available for download for Apple’s iPod touch, iPhone and iPad product lines. The company said it has 500 million active accounts on the App Store.

“It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Developers have made over seven 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.”

Apple has paid its developers over $7 billion so far, the company said.