San Jose, Calif. — Apple Corp. announced Thursday that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its app store from more than 200 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users nationwide.

In less than three years, and with over $2.5 billion paid to developers, Apple said its numbers demonstrate the company’s rate of downloads has accelerated since announcing in back in January that the company had reached 10 billion in 2-1/2 years.

“In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thank you to all of our amazing developers.”

With more than 425,000 apps available to Apple device users, including 100,000 native iPad apps, consumers can choose from 20 different categories ranging from music, business, travel and many others.

According to,  which created the chart at right, the most popular categories include games, which are actively used by 15.04 percent of all Apple app users, and books, which accounts for 13.41 percent.

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