Apple’s App Store has best year ever in 2013; tops $10 billion in sales

Gigaom

Apple(s aapl) doesn’t have a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show, but that hasn’t stopped it from putting out a press release to steal some industry thunder. On Tuesday, the Cupertino-based company announced that the App Store had its best year ever in 2013, with over $10 billion in sales.

The strong year was pushed over the top in December, when users downloaded nearly three billion apps, accounting for over $1 billion in sales. Apple pointed out a few obvious hits, like Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft. It also called attention to surprise sensations like the Ellen DeGeneres-backed Heads Up (which I alone spent a great deal of money on in the month of December). Apps from international developers had a strong year as well, with developers like Simogo from Sweden and Frogmind in the UK shouted out.

Increased app downloads and sales aren’t much of a surprise, given…

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