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Apple Reveals New “All-Time Top Apps” Following Countdown To 50 Billion Downloads

Alongside the countdown to 50 billion app downloads posted earlier today, Apple has also published a series of updated charts for the top downloaded apps of all time. Apple posted the same charts last year, after the App Store hit 25 billion downloads, and had done the same in January 2011 ahead of 10 billion downloads.

Apple’s charts of the Top 25 apps of all time provide a precious insight into the trends of the App Store for free and paid apps downloaded by iOS users on their iPhones and iPads. While the charts from 2012 and 2013 are largely similar in terms of presence of games and brands like Angry Birds and Facebook, there are some interesting differences worth noting.

Below, we have compiled the complete list of updated “all-time top apps”, alongside some notes about the differences from last year’s charts.

iPad

Paid

  1. Pages
  2. Angry Birds HD
  3. Angry Birds Seasons HD
  4. Where’s My Water
  5. Fruit Ninja HD
  6. Angry Birds Space HD
  7. GarageBand
  8. Words With Friends HD
  9. Cut the Rope HD
  10. Keynote
  11. Numbers
  12. Angry Birds Star Wars HD
  13. GoodReader for iPad
  14. SCRABBLE HD for iPad
  15. Minecraft - Pocket Edition
  16. Plants Vs Zombies HD
  17. Notability
  18. MONOPOLY for iPad
  19. Quickoffice Pro HD
  20. Star Walk HD
  21. Draw Something
  22. iMovie
  23. iPhoto
  24. Where’s My Perry?
  25. Bad Piggies HD

Free

  1. Skype for iPad
  2. The Weather Channel for iPad
  3. Netflix
  4. Angry Birds HD Free
  5. Kindle
  6. Facebook
  7. Pandora Radio
  8. Calculator for iPad Free
  9. Fruit Ninja HD Free
  10. Words With Friends HD Free
  11. Google Earth
  12. ABC Player
  13. Calculator Pro for iPad Free
  14. Temple Run
  15. YouTube
  16. eBay for iPad
  17. CNN App for iPad
  18. Dropbox
  19. Adobe Reader
  20. Twitter
  21. Solitaire
  22. NYTimes for iPad
  23. Temple Run 2
  24. Hulu Plus
  25. Draw Something Free

iPhone

Paid

  1. Angry Birds
  2. Fruit Ninja
  3. Doodle Jump
  4. Cut the Rope
  5. Angry Birds Seasons
  6. WhatsApp Messenger
  7. Camera+
  8. Words with Friends
  9. Tiny Wings
  10. Angry Birds Space
  11. Pocket God
  12. Plants vs Zombies
  13. THE GAME OF LIFE Classic Edition
  14. The Moron Test
  15. Where’s My Water?
  16. Draw Something
  17. MONOPOLY
  18. Angry Birds Star Wars
  19. MotionX GPS Drive
  20. Skee-Ball
  21. SCRABBLE
  22. UNO
  23. Minecraft - Pocket Edition
  24. Color Splash
  25. The Sims 3

Free

  1. Facebook
  2. Pandora Radio
  3. Instagram
  4. YouTube
  5. Skype
  6. Words With Friends Free
  7. The Weather Channel
  8. Twitter
  9. Temple Run
  10. Google Search
  11. Netflix
  12. Shazam
  13. Angry Birds Free
  14. Draw Something Free
  15. Flashlight
  16. Facebook Messenger
  17. Google Earth
  18. Fruit Ninja Free
  19. iHeartRadio
  20. Movies by Flixster
  21. Bump
  22. eBay
  23. PAC-MAN Lite
  24. Groupon
  25. Google Maps

And here are some interesting facts about the new charts:

  • In the Paid iPad chart, there are 6 Apple apps and 5 Rovio titles. The Top 3 is the same as last year’s.
  • There are 5 Productivity apps in the Paid iPad chart, versus 6 in 2012. Penultimate is no longer in the Top 25.
  • In the Paid iPad chart, 12 apps have “HD” in the title. In the free chart, the “HD” apps are 3.
  • Of 25 paid apps for iPad, 15 are from the Games category.
  • There are 7 games in the Free iPad chart.
  • In the free iPad apps, Facebook went from #17 to #6. There are 2 Google apps in the chart.
  • The Top 5 of the Paid iPhone chart is the same as last year’s.
  • There are 19 Games in the Paid iPhone chart; they used to be 17 in 2012. 4 of them are Rovio titles.
  • Camera+ went from #10 to #7; WhatsApp went from #18 to #6.
  • Facebook is still the most downloaded free iPhone app of all time.
  • Instagram went from #19 to #3; Twitter went from #12 to #8.
  • YouTube is the highest new entry at #4. There are 4 Google apps in the Free iPhone chart; they were 2 in 2012.
  • There are 6 games in the Free iPhone chart; they were 10 in 2012.

Apple’s page with the top apps for all-time can be viewed on a Mac, PC, or iOS device by opening this link. For comparison, you can view the complete 2012 results here.

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