Apple has paid $4 billion to developers over lifetime of its app store

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By Kathleen De Vere Comment

Apple’s chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer said today that the company has now paid out more than $4 billion to developers, including $700 million in the fourth quarter.

This implies the App Store has generated more than $5.7 billion in revenue over its lifetime, and Apple has earned roughly $1.7 billion dollars from its 30 percent cut of revenues. In October, Apple revealed it had paid out $3 billion to developers over the lifetime of the App Store.

On Christmas Day alone, Apple said it saw more than $140 million worth of apps and content downloaded through iTunes. As we previously reported, Christmas day was a record-breaking day for app downloads, with consumers installing more than 242 million iOS and Android apps. In addition, there are now 170,000 iPad apps and 550,000 apps in total available for iOS.

Apple also said it has sold more than 315 million iOS devices. By comparison, Google said it has seen more than 250 million Android devices activated in its earnings call.

The company produced a record quarter with $46.3 billion in revenue through sales of 37.04 million iPhones and 15.43 million iPads. If you add up all of Apples iPhone, iPad and iPod sales, that makes 67.87 million iOS devices in the holiday quarter.