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$1 billion of that came from December alone

Apple boasted 2013 as "the best year ever" in terms of App Store sales and downloads with over $10 billion in purchases total for the year. 

According to an Apple press release, customers spent $1 billion in the App Store for December 2013 alone. During that month, customers downloaded nearly 3 billion apps, marking a successful holiday season for the tech giant. 
 
“We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.”

Apple added that developers of iOS apps have now made $15 billion from the App Store. 

The App Store now offers over 1 million apps total for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in 155 countries. 

Source: Apple



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By retrospooty on 1/8/2014 10:46:45 AM , Rating: 2
If you ask me, I would say that apps store in it's current concept was Apple's biggest contribution to the smartphone and softare industry period... The old $50 app via unique download/physical media was tough for people to chew on, but the ability to have one central place with one login where you can get tons of apps for $1 was genius... As is obvious, you will make more selling 10 million copies of your app for $1 than you will selling it for $10 because 1 million people wouldn't pay the higher price. Its easy to just blow a dollar, if you don't like the app, nothing really lost other than a buck. Freegin brilliant, they deserve hte 10 billion per year for that alone.


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By Tony Swash on 1/8/2014 12:32:01 PM , Rating: 2
It's interesting isn't it that Steve Jobs resisted the notion of Apps on the iPhone and had to be pressured into approving it, he also resisted taking iTunes to the Windows platform as well, another inflection because it led to the iPod boom.

Longer term I think the App Store model, of cheap unit cost and small almost utility like Apps, will be seen as the first step in the destruction of the old software business sector which was based on huge software packages costing significant amounts. Companies like Microsoft and Adobe will find it hard in a world of free or low cost software, in some ways their floundering attempts to transition to a new business model reminds me of the way the old media are struggling to transition to a new business models. Some will make it but most won't.


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By retrospooty on 1/8/2014 12:39:14 PM , Rating: 2
Hallafreeginluyeah we actually agree.


"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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