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App Store sales top $10 billion in 2013

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Apple said customers spent more than $10 billion on the App Store in 2013, including more than $1 billion in December alone.

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App Store customers downloaded almost three billion apps in December making it the most successful month in App Store history. Apple's incredible developers have now earned $15 billion on the App Store.

"We'd like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store. The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

With the introduction of iOS 7, developers were able to take advantage of the redesigned user interface and the more than 200 new features and APIs. Developers such as Evernote, Yahoo!, AirBnB, OpenTable, Tumblr, Pinterest and American Airlines re-imagined the user experience, increasing the overall efficiency and performance of their apps.

Many of the year's biggest successes like Candy Crush Saga, Puzzles & Dragons, Minecraft, QuizUp and Clumsy Ninja were created by international developers, while Duolingo (United States), Simogo (Sweden), Frogmind (UK), Plain Vanilla Corp (Iceland), Atypical Games (Romania), Lemonista (China), BASE (Japan) and Savage Interactive (Australia) emerged as developers to watch in 2014.

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