Apple Says European Developers Have Earned Over $25 Billion From App Store

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Apple Music vice president Oliver Schusser spoke with German blog Macerkopf this week, revealing that European developers have now earned over $25 billion from the App Store since its inception in 2008.


Schusser also noted that customers have downloaded and streamed over 50 billion episodes of 650,000 active shows on Apple Podcasts.

Apple provided MacRumors with Schusser's full remarks in English:
Our services division which includes the content stores, Apple Pay and iCloud storage is on target to be a $40 billion business annually. In January we announced developer earnings on the App Store have reached $120 billion. Payments to European developers have just passed $25 billion. Apple Music now has 50 million paid users around the world since launching just under 4 years ago. We're the the #1 music streaming service in the US and the leading music service globally on iPhone. Our customers love the amazing content, whether it's through playlists, Radio, Beats 1, or suggestions in For You. Apple Music was the first place to hear great new music from Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Frank Ocean to name a few last year. Beats 1 also hosts exclusive and popular artist-led shows from Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ezra Koenig, Lars Ulrich and Elton John. The final update I'd like to share today is around podcasting where our customers have downloaded and streamed over 50 billion episodes of 650,000 active shows on Apple Podcasts.
Other figures mentioned in the remarks were previously known, including that developers have earned over $120 billion globally since the App Store launched and that Apple Music has over 50 million paying subscribers.

(Thanks, Andre!)

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Except a number like that doesn't mean anything without context. How much has Apple made from the ecosystem thanks to the developers being there?
Speaking of context, how much did Apple invest into inventing, designing, developing, maintaining, expanding, and improving said ecosystem for all of that to be possible?
 

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Is Apple not allowed to earn anything from its own App Store?
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Speaking of context, how much did Apple invest into inventing, designing, developing, maintaining, expanding, and improving said ecosystem for all of that to be possible?
A fraction of the $10 billion per year it charges developers.
 

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I don't get this attitude. It's not like Apple forced any of them to use its platform. They did so willingly and are probably glad they did. I'd rather have 70% of $35 billion than 100% of nothing. You don't like Apple's developer fees, don't be an iOS app developer. Simple as that.
 
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Is Apple not allowed to earn anything from its own App Store?
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A fraction of the $10 billion per year it charges developers.
But they are still the ones who made it and make it all possible. Without them the developers wouldn't be making those billions (only from which does Apple take their part).
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I'd rather have 70% of $35 billion than 100% of nothing.
Basic logic in play.
 

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All I can think off when reading this is the 30% cut Apple takes, and this is ONLY reporting on the European market, and that even though this is a 120 billion dollar annual market, Apple does not think that's a big enough market to update it's Macs, because you need a Mac in order to make an iOS app!

The one tool you need to enter that 120 billion dollar European only market, excluding global market, and you couldn't buy as up to date hardware unless you wanted a laptop with a keyboard that breaks with dust under it, or the Mac Mini.

Well you could buy the iMac Pro I guess which is a decent machine.

Great to see such a flourishing market, I wonder how many more billions are made from the sales of the data mining performed by all those freemium apps?

Bah I'd be less salty if Apple didn't ignore it's desktop Mac Lineup for several years whilst making it's billions and billions and billions in profits.

Never mind I have some useful apps on my iPhone so all is good.
 

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EU devs who would have made almost nothing if Apple hadn't provided a consumer friendly way to load apps on iOS 2.0 and later.

Or perhaps EU devs would have made the far smaller amount of total revenue that Google's Android app ecosystem has provided to developers over its entire lifetime.

Seems a fair trade.
 

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Just think how BIG the numbers would be if:

1.) AAPL didn't have such a Stranglehold on App Discovery, &

2.) They made one day per week "Adults" ONLY, NO Games, & NO Emojis, Stickers, or GIFs ... I recommend "Hump Day" ... every Wednesday.