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Apple touts the success of its various services

Apple has posted an article about the success of its various services. Here are some of the highlights:

° Developers selling digital goods and services — which is only a small fraction of the overall commerce theApp Store facilitates — have now earned more than US$200 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. 

° Among 2020’s most downloaded apps were Zoom and Disney+, which helped keep family, friends, colleagues, and classmates connected. Games became more popular than ever, with breakout titles like “Among Us” and long-time favorites such as “Roblox” alike bringing people together. Developers of all sizes reached new global audiences, such as Shanghai-based miHoYo, which set a new record for the most successful launch week ever on the App Store with its runaway hit “Genshin Impact.”

° Over the holiday season, App Store customers spent $1.8 billion on digital goods and services over the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, driven largely by spending on games. Customers ushered in 2021 by setting a new single-day spending record of over $540 million on New Year’s Day.

° Apple Music — which offers more than 70 million songs — had a record year as people around the world spent more time discovering and engaging with music. The service released its biggest product update ever with features like Listen Now, an all-new Search, personal radio stations, and Autoplay. More than 90 percent of iOS 14 listeners have used these new features, and engagement with Apple Music’s industry-leading lyrics feature has doubled in 2020.

° Since its global launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ has been honored with 159 awards nominations and 45 wins and accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award, Daytime Emmy Awards, a SAG Award, an NAACP Image Award, a Peabody Award, Critics Choice Award, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Cinema Eye Award, Kidscreen Awards, and more.

° More than 90% of stores in the US, 85% of stores in the UK, and 99% of stores in Australia accept Apple Pay.

° The Apple Arcade gaming service now boasts more than 140 games.

° Apple Books saw remarkable growth in new customers and now draws over 90 million monthly active users.

° Apple Podcasts is now in over 175 countries with programming in more than 100 languages.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.