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Fun App Store facts from Distimo's 2013 Year in Review

Mike Wehner, @MikeWehner
December 18, 2013
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If you're too busy with last-minute holiday shopping to pore over Distimo's all-encompassing year-end App Store breakdown, we've got a handy list of the most interesting takeaways. Let's get to it!

  • The percentage of overall App Store revenue generated by free apps with in-app purchases increased from 77 percent to 92 percent from January to November.
  • About 90 percent of revenue generated from games came from free-to-play titles, while just 8 percent came from paid apps.
  • Two of the top three free apps come from Google (YouTube at No. 2, and Google Maps at No. 3), making Google the most downloaded publisher in the App Store.
  • Candy Crush Saga was the most downloaded app in 2013.
  • More people downloaded Despicable Me: Minion Rush than downloaded Facebook this year.
  • Eight of the top 10 paid apps were games, but the No. 1 overall paid download was a messaging app (WhatsApp Messenger).
  • Clash of Clans managed to make more money this year than Candy Crush Saga.
  • Disney was the top paid app publisher, with Temple Run: Oz leading the charge.
  • People still love apps. A lot.*

*This is the biggest takeaway.

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