What you need to know
- Global consumer spending on app store subscriptions reached new heights in 2021.
- App Store spending continues to more than double spending on the Google Play Store.
- Play Store spending grew more than App Store spending last year.
Consumer spending on the App Store continues to dwarf that of the Google Play Store.
In new data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, consumer spending on subscription apps reached new heights of $13.8 billion in 2021, a 41% year over year increase in comparison to 2020.
When it comes to a breakdown of Apple's App Store to Google's Play Store, consumer spending on subscription apps in the App Store reached $13.5 billion compared to $4.8 billion on the Play Store. However, Google saw the largest gain with 78% growth in spending from 2020 to 2021.
The top subscription apps by revenue for the App Store in 2021 were YouTube, Tinder, and Disney+.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.