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Apple Sees $10B in Apps Sold in 2013

App_Store_LogoApple said its App Store sold $10 billion in apps in 2013. A billion worth were sold in December alone when 3 billion apps were downloaded, “making it the most successful month in App Store history,” the company said.

The App Store has generated $15 billion for developers so far, Apple said.

Apple praised developers for making it a successful season and touted the impact of iOS 7. The company also gave special credit to a handful of brands and “surprise hits.” Read more

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Don’t Forget…the App Store Is on Holiday

App_Store_Logo Apple’s iTunes Connect officially began its holiday break on Saturday, Dec. 21, and it will be closed through Friday. Apple warned developers of the shutdown earlier this month.

The iTunes Connect portal lets companies manage their apps from submitting a new one to making updates. That means no new iOS apps or updates until after Dec. 27.

View the official reminder from Apple that was shared with AppNewser after the jump: Read more

Apps & Oranges: App Store Vs Google Play: INFOGRAPHIC

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Mobile cloud operator Kinvey has created an infographic called, “Apps & Oranges: App Store Vs Google Play,” which explores the differences between Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

According to the graphic, Google Play has a larger market share, but Apple generates the most revenue from its app store. In fact, Apple brings in $5.1 million a day, while Google Play brings in $1.1 million in daily revenue. In addition, the infographic shows how the two app stores are growing outside of the United States.

We’ve embedded the entire image after the jump. Read more

Apple App Store Downloads Up 87% on Christmas: Distimo

Apple App Store downloads increased by 87 percent on Christmas Day compared to the December 2012 average, according to Distimo AppIQ data.

Check it out: “…the revenues showed an slightly lower increase of 70%. Given that the iPad downloads and revenues rose by 140% and 83% respectively, the iPad seems to have been a very popular gift.”

According to Distimo, the most popular apps downloaded on Christmas Day on iOS devices (excluding Apple apps) were YouTube, Google Maps, Elf Yourself, Where’s My Holiday, and Skype.

Beyond just Apple’s App Store, yesterday we reported that app downloads across devices were up 112 percent on Christmas Day compared to other days in December. (Via CNET).

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DJ’s Can Now Spin On the Go with

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Have you ever seen a DJ playing a set while walking down the street? I haven’t. But the wonders of modern technology continue to astound us by taking impossible (and maybe even unnecessary) scenarios and translating them to reality. Hence the adaptation of, the social music service that digitizes DJing, to an iPhone app — the exact scientific breakthrough we need to move forward in the field of mobile party-starting.

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