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App Store hits 3 billion downloads

Landmark figure reached in less than 18 months

More than three billion apps have now been downloaded from the App Store, according to new figures from Apple.

The massive numbers achieved since the store's launch just under 18 months ago will be tough for rivals to catch up with, said Apple's CEO Steve Jobs.

"Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months - this is like nothing we've ever seen before," said Jobs. "The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon."

The store reached the two billion downloads mark in September last year, and in November the number of apps available had hit 100,000.

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