Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) customers spent a total of $1 billion in December on App Store purchases and a total of $10 billion in 2013. There were also 3 billion applications downloaded last month – a record number for the App Store.

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App Store revenues continue to grow

Last year, app developers earned $7 billion from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s App Store. This year that number grew to $15 billion. Eddy Cue (senior vice president for Internet Software and Services) said, “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.”

Last year’s introduction of iOS 7 offered new design opportunities for application developers. It allowed them to take advantage of the new design and new features. Developers for popular apps including Yahoo, Evernote, Tumblr, Pinterest, American Airlines, OpenTable, and AirBnB created new applications to utilize the new operating system.

Last year, there were many popular apps in the market including Candy Crush Saga, Clumsy Ninja, Minecraft, Puzzles & Dragons, and QuizUp. Other popular applications in 2013 include Ellen Degeneres’ HeadsUp, Simon Filip’s Afterlight, ProtoGeo’s Moves, and Kevin Ng’s Impossible Road. The App Store has more than one million apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

App Store still trumps Google Play in terms of revenue

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s growing numbers are just what the company needs to compete against Android, which is growing significantly. Application analyst company Distimo reports Apple’s App Store still leads with 63% revenue versus Google Play’s 37%. Distimo added, “For some apps, the download volumes from the Amazon Appstore started to compete with download volumes in established app stores like the Apple App Store and Google Play.”

Android’s revenues are growing. November 2012’s app revenues for Google Play were at $3.5 million, and a year later that number was estimated at $12 million.