To mark the download of the 25 billionth app from the Apple App Store the company has released a series of all-time top 25 lists for app downloads. Unsurprisingly games are at the top of the lists in a big way with Angry Birds being the all-time top paid for app, Fruit Ninja at number two then Doodle Jump and Cut the Rope. Angry Birds Seasons comes in at number 5 and it’s not until we get to number 10 do we get a non-game.
In the free apps it’s different with utilities filling the top spots with Facebook, Pandora Radio, Words with Friends Free and Skype filling the top four places.
Apple invented the App phenomenon which has now spread to every other computing platform including Windows. The quantity, quality and success of apps is now widely considered as an indicator of the overall success of an operating system. This is in start contrast to other factors which were important in the past but have faded now.
Apps are also amazingly popular on Google’s Android operating system but have struggled more on the Blackberry Playbook and HP TouchPad (which was discontinued). While we can be certain that apps in Windows 8 will also be popular the Windows Store is currently fairly barren and it will be many years, if ever, before it catches up with the volume of apps available for iOS and Android.
The full charts, which were compiled by MacStories is below and we can be sure that software developers will be pouring over the list to see what is most popular. The good news is that lists such as this are very unlikely to ever stifle innovation and prevent new types of apps from appearing in the future.
Top Paid iPhoneAngry BirdsFruit NinjaDoodle JumpCut The RopeAngry Birds SeasonsWords With FriendsTiny WingsAngry Birds RioPocket GodCamera+The Moron TestPlants vs. ZombiesSkee-BallThe Game of LifeScrabbleMonopolyFat BoothWhatsAppUNOColor SplashThe Sims 3Flight ControlMotionX GPS DriveWhere’s WaldoI Am T-Pain 2.0
Top Free iPhoneFacebookPandora RadioWords With Friends FreeSkypeThe Weather ChannelGoogle SearchGoogle EarthAngry Birds FreeShazamNetflixPaper TossTwitterMovies by FlixsterBumpPAC-MAN LiteFlashlight.Unblock Me FREETemple RunInstagramTouch HockeyAngry Birds LiteESPN ScoreCenterFruit Ninja LiteGrouponAngry Birds Rio Free
Top Paid iPadPagesAngry Birds HDAngry Birds Seasons HDPenultimateScrabble for iPadFruit Ninja HDGarageBandGoodReaderAngry Birds Rio HDCut The Rope HDNumbersKeynoteWords With Friends HDStar Walk for iPadMONOPOLY for iPadPlants vs. Zombies HDWhere’s My Water?Friendly Plus for FacebookQuickOffice Pro HDNotabilitySplashtop Remote Desktop for iPadPinball HDMyPad+ – For Facebook & TwitterInfinity BladeReal Racing 2
Top Free iPadAngry Birds HD FreeThe Weather Channel for iPadNetflixSkype for iPadKindleABC PlayerPandora RadioAngry Birds HD FreeCNN App for iPadWords With Friends HD FreeGoogle EarthCalculator Pro for iPad FreeFruit Ninja HD LiteCalculator for iPad FreeNYTimes for iPadUSA TODAY for iPadFacebookMyPad – for Facebook & TwitterFlipboardeBay for iPadAngry Birds Seasons HD FreeDictionary.comTwitterSolitaireFriendly for Facebook