After four consecutive record-breaking months of downloads, the February 2015 App Store Competitive Index, which tracks the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free iOS apps, came in at 9.7 million daily downloads. This represents a 6 percent decrease from January and a significant 43 percent increase since last February. As expected for this time of year, it is common to see February numbers dip due to the short month as well as typical reduction in post-holiday spending.

The New Year is off to a strong start, as the January 2015 App Store Competitive Index surpassed the 10 million download mark for the first time ever, coming in at 10.3 million daily downloads compared to last month’s previous record high of 9.2 million. This represents a 12 percent growth month-over-month and a marked 61 percent leap since January 2014.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re seeing it again. For the third consecutive month, the Fiksu App Store Competitive Index, which tracks the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free iOS apps, soared again jumping to 9.2 million downloads in December. This marks a 14 percent increase since last month and an astounding 44 percent rise since last year at this time. October and November results (7.8 million and 8.1 million, respectively) had each been new records.

Between courses of turkey and pumpkin pie, iPhone users downloaded apps in droves this Thanksgiving holiday, according to our latest index report. This past month saw an astounding 8.1 million downloads of the top 200 free iOS apps, according to the App Store Competitive Index. Compared to last November, app download volumes have grown by a whopping 42 percent.

The App Store is already buzzing this holiday season, with our latest index showing app downloads hit an all-time high in October. Tracking the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free iOS apps, the App Store Competitive Index reached 7.8 million downloads. This was an incredible 42 percent rise over last month, and a 39 percent increase over 2013. The release of the iPhone 6 and availability of iOS 8 undoubtedly led to this high volume of activity as users updated their new devices with their favorite apps.

This month’s Fiksu Index showed app marketing costs hit an all-time high.  Following the launches of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and Apple iOS 8 release, the cost for marketers to acquire loyal users (CPLU) reached $2.25. CPLU increased 21 percent from August, and 34 percent since September 2013. Taking a peek at the increasing costs to acquire loyal users over a two-year time period (2012-2014), we see an upward sloping trend line – demonstrating that marketers continue to face an environment of increasing costs and competitive forces.

August was a ‘lazy’ month for vacationers, app users, and for app marketers, demonstrated by lowered app install activity on both iOS and Android and lower marketing spends. The Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) Index, which measures the cost of acquiring a loyal user for brands who actively market their apps, came in at $1.86, representing a 6 percent decrease from last month’s index.

Have you gone for a hike in the mountains this summer? Well, then you’re following in similar footsteps as app marketing costs – which have continued to climb in July’s Index. The Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) Index, which measures the cost of acquiring a loyal user for brands who proactively market their apps, came in at $1.97. This represents a 9 percent increase year-over-year and the second-highest peak in the four year-history of the Fiksu Indexes.

The indexes have made history this month, as the Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) Index breached the $2 threshold for the first time in its four years. Attributed to a perfect storm of summer consumer behaviors, world events and Apple moves, June has ranked as the most expensive month ever for capturing and retaining loyal users.

While warmer weather is on the rise, so are app downloads and marketing costs in May – setting the stage for a competitive summer. App inflation has become the new normal for brands and app marketers, as the cost for acquiring loyal users climbs again.

The App Store Competitive Index for May, which measures the aggregate daily download volume among the top 200 ranked apps, grew by 24 percent to 6.6 million, compared to April’s 5.34 million. Meanwhile Fiksu’s Cost per Loyal User Index rose 17 percent to $1.78 in May and 34 percent year-over-year.