As people line up to purchase the iPhone X at Apple Stores worldwide and Amazon counts down to Black Friday by revealing deals weeks in advance, it might seem that items bought during buzzy shopping events are the most lucrative aspects of big-name tech companies. Apple and Amazon are colossal, as everyone understands, but iconic gadgets and one-click ordering are simply the facets of business that the average consumer is most familiar with.
In many cases, giant technology companies generate a large proportion of their revenue from the services they offer, rather than the consumer products they sell. While the distinction between a product and a service is sometimes blurred in today's software-powered world, it might help to think of it as the things you can own vs. the things you can use.
Click through to discover how these three massive companies really rake in the dough.
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