As Apple launched a countdown, rather count up, to 1 billion iPhone apps downloaded from the iTunes Store over the Easter weekend, the company also revealed the 'All-Time Top Paid Apps,' and 'All-Time Top Free Apps.'
Games dominate the paid apps Top 20 and the iPhone and iPod touch seems to be increasingly pitched as an alternative mobile games console to rival those from Nintendo and Sony. Last week a US focused study from comScore, a market research firm that specialises in Internet-related data, found Tapulous's free Tap Tap Revenge the most popular iTunes app, with 32 per cent of iPhone owners having installed the game.
Meanwhile the Software Development Kit (SDK) for iPhone 3.0 unveiled by Apple in March, includes new features specifically aimed at game developers. Among them App Purchase, which lets developers create additional content for apps that users can buy after they've made their initial purchase. Both EA Mobile and Ngmoco, two leading publishers of games for the iPhone, both showed games at the Apple event that will highlight this new feature.
While we wait for an anticipated summer launch of a new iPhone here's the current Top 20 listed by Apple.
The Top 20 paid list is as follows:
Crash Bandicoot (£3.49)(US$5.19)
Moto Chaser (£0.59)
Virtual Pool (£0.59)
Cro-Mag Rally (£1.19)
Flick Fishing (£0.59)
Koi Pond (£0.59)
Monopoly Here & Now (£2.99)
Super Monkey Ball (£2.49)
Pocket God (£0.59)
London Tube (£0.59)
Bejeweled 2 (£1.79)
Texas Hold'em (£2.99)
Real Football 2009 (£3.49)
iFart Mobile (£0.59)
While the Top 20 free apps are:
Touch Hocket FS5
Labyrinth Lite Edition
Tap Tap Revenge
Crazy Penguin Catapult
Audi A4 Driving Challenge
The full list and direct downloads can be found here.
This story, "Top 20 ITunes Apps Reveals iPhone is Serious About Gaming" was originally published by Macworld U.K..