All-Time Apple iOS App Favorites
As Apple celebrates a huge milestone in the life of the iOS App Store for iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads--10 billion app downloads--we take a look through Apple's rankings at the most popular apps that made their way onto the phones of millions (not counting fart apps).
This list also gives us an idea of what apps people are willing to pay for--games, mostly--and which ones should be free (service apps).
It's not a surprise Facebook's app for iPhone and iPod touch is the most popular free app ever downloaded from the App Store. Over 100 million of Facebook's 500 million users are said to use their mobiles at least once a month to poke their friends. The social network improved the app over time with push notifications, geolocation (check-ins) among other features.
Doodle Jump ($0.99)
Casual, yet thoroughly entertaining, Doodle Jump takes the crown for the most downloaded paid app in the App Store of all time. The game has kept players entertained through the years with over 30 free updates. Because it's easy to learn--yet difficult to master--Doodle Jump is one of the most addictive iPhone games out there.
Pandora Radio (Free)
Pandora's customized Web radio service is a hit with iPhone users: the free app is the second most downloaded ever on the platform. Pandora's app particularly took off when Apple introduced multitasking for iOS, so now you can listen to Pandora in the background while performing other tasks on the iPhone.
Tap Tap Revenge 3 ($0.99)
Mix great tunes with a rhythm tapping game and you Tap Tap Revenge 3, the second most downloaded paid iPhone game. With a new top chart song every week, you can tap away in this addictive game with the likes of Lady Gaga, Coldplay, or Maroon 5. Tapulous, the company behind this game built a Tap Tap app empire, with Tap Tap Revenge 2.6 taking the number five spot in the same rankings and Revenge Classic taking number 8. There's also the latest Tap Tap Revenge 4 (free), which is definitely worth a download.
Google Mobile (Free)
Google and Apple may be bitter mobile rivals, but Google wasn't about to let Apple take all the customers--Google's iPhone app allows you to search the Web by voice, text, or with your phone's camera (Goggles), and can even solve your Sudoku game. Besides these features, the app also offers easy access to Google's popular Web services, for both consumers and business users. This app is also the second most downloaded free iPad app.
Pocket God ($0.99)
Pocket God puts you in the role of a god to a small world of worshippers on a remote island. The game keeps you hooked (hence number three paid app rating) by offering additional mini-episodes with new storylines (33 so far, $0.99 per new episode). The game is packed with polished graphics and great gameplay.
Using your phone to identify songs you like on the radio is genius--and that's what propelled Shazam to the number four spot on the most downloaded free apps list. Apple ads featuring the app have helped download numbers. Shazam recently limited the number of free song tags to 5 per month with an unlimited upgrade option for $5.99.
Angry Birds ($0.99)
It's probably no surprise that Angry Birds is on this list. This addictive game has exploded in popularity, thanks to its challenging gameplay and cute graphics and sounds. Angry Birds became so popular in the App Store that the developers even came up with character costumes and plush toys. Plus, Angry Birds Never lets you down for the holidays--with short seasonal versions of the app designed to hook users into the game.
Movies By Flixster (Free)
Having movie times and locations on your phone is apparently useful for Movies by Flixster iPhone users, as the app ranks as the fifth most downloaded free app. iPad users also love this app: it's the third most downloaded free iPad app.
Bejeweled 2 + Blitz ($0.99)
A great time-wasting game, Bejeweled 2 works on the simple principle of matching multiple same-kind gems. Colorful graphics made this app the sixth most downloaded paid iPhone app. Note that this app is the sixth $0.99 iPhone game out of nine in the top 10.
The Weather Channel (Free)
The Weather Channel's free iPhone app is even more popular than Apple's own weather widget--and, as such, is the sixth app in the top free app list. It's more fully-featured and even offered live road cams (until the last update).
Traffic Rush ($0.99)
Traffic Rush follows the trend of $0.99 addictive iPhone app, but with a different plot. In the game you have to direct a busy intersection and strategically stop and accelerate rushing vehicles that are crossing it.
Google Earth (Free)
Google Earth's iPhone app mission is simple: put the world in your hand. The app delivers this promise and was rewarded with the seventh spot in the top free iPhone app downloads. On the iPad, the app did even better--it's the fourth most downloaded free iPad app.
AppBox Pro ($0.99)
Instead of several gadgety app downloads, App Box combines all of them into one single app for $0.99. There's a mirror app, alarm clock, flash light, currency converter, battery life, calculators, various converters and dozens of other handy features in one convenient package under 20MB, so you can download it even over 3G. The app is ranked ninth in most downloaded paid iPhone app list, and is the only non-game app in that list.
Threatening to put business cards out of use, Bump is an innovative app that makes sharing files between two phones simple--just "bump" them together. Bump works with contact details, songs, photos, and calendars, via local Bluetooth connections. Eighth in the most downloaded free iPhone app list, Bump is a must-download.
Skype made it into the ninth spot of the top 10 most downloaded free iPhone apps, despite a slow start with the app, which initially did not allow calls over 3G in the United States. Still a favorite for making Web audio and video calls, Skype finally introduced video calling in the iOS app and even between users of older iPhones with no front-facing cameras (over both WiFi and 3G).
Flight Control ($0.99)
In a similar fashion to Traffic Rush (7/10 paid iPhone apps), Flight Control requires you to direct traffic, but with airplanes. The game has five maps and is very easy to learn, plus the latest version allows you to play via local connection with friends.
Paper Toss (Free)
Paper Toss is the only game in the most downloaded free iPhone apps, and that's because the app carries ads ad the top to keep it free. Besides this factor, Paper Toss is a silly, yet gripping, game in which you aim is to toss a piece of paper into a bin. Because it's free, it's hard to go wrong with this game.
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