Apple passes 2 billion app downloads

NEW YORK Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:07am EDT

A woman looks over icons for Apple applications at the company's retail store in San Francisco, California April 22, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A woman looks over icons for Apple applications at the company's retail store in San Francisco, California April 22, 2009.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Monday that downloads from its iTunes applications store had passed 2 billion and that it now has more than 85,000 apps available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

It did not say how many of the applications delivered were sold and how many were free. The store has inspired rival stores and helped boost iPhone sales since the summer of 2008.

Apple said it has sold more than 50 million iPhones and iPod Touch devices in 77 countries. AT&T Inc is the exclusive U.S. provider for iPhone.

Google Inc also runs an app store for its Android mobile platform but has fewer apps than Apple.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew)

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