App developers have earned more than $155 billion since the App Store opened in 2008, the company noted in a statement.
It’s becoming more common for people to spend big on apps and for app developers to build in new ways to get paid. Overall, in 2019, Apple’s App Store brought in $54.2 billion in sales, up 16.3% from the year prior, and Android users on Google Play spent $29.3 billion, an increase over 2018 of 18.1%, according to data tracker Sensor Tower. Google did not immediately return a request for comment. Apple did not provide App Store sales in its press release.
“Consumers are spending more in general in apps,” said Randy Nelson, head of mobile insights at Sensor Tower. “More apps are discovering the ability to monetize more effectively, which is bolstering the stores’ bottom lines.”
Apple said Wednesday that since 2008, developers have earned over $155 billion, and a quarter of those earnings came from 2019 alone. That’s after Apple has taken its cut of between 15% and 30% of app sales.
“2019 was the biggest year for services in Apple’s history,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services, in a statement. “We introduced several exciting new experiences for our customers, all while setting the standard for user privacy and security.”
Wednesday’s news was sparse on details of how many users actually play Arcade, own an Apple Card or tune into Apple TV+. Apple did say over 100 million monthly active users in the US, UK, Australia and Canada read Apple News, but that figure includes anyone visiting the platform for free.