Apple’s App Store sales topped $10 billion in 2013. In December, App Store customers downloaded a record 3 billion apps, with sales during the month topping $1 billion.

In a new release, Cupertino says app developers have now earned $15 billion in the App Store. As Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services notes:

We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store. The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.

First launched in 2008, the App Store now offers more than 1 million apps to iPhone/iPod touch and iPad users in 155 countries around the world. To date, there are more than 500,000 native iPad apps available.

For a list of our favorite apps of 2013, see: AppAdvice’s Top 10 Best Free iPhone Apps Of 2013AppAdvice’s Top 10 Paid iPhone Apps Of 2013AppAdvice’s Top 10 Best Free iPad Apps Of 2013, and AppAdvice’s Top 10 Best Paid iPad Apps Of 2013.