The Road to 50 Billion Apple App Store Downloads is Littered with Games

Apple's popular App Store is fast approaching 50 billion downloads, and to preemptively celebrate the occasion, the Cupertino outfit posted lists of the top 25 all-time free and paid apps on the iPhone and iPad. As you can imagine, the journey to 50 billion app downloads is one that winds through game after game, with Rovio's original Angry Birds title leading the paid apps list on the iPhone.

In fact, the first five titles are all games, and only four apps on the entire list don't belong to the gaming category. Interestingly, the top free apps list for the iPhone isn't as dominated by games as the paid list, though the category is still represented by 6 titles, the highest ranking of which is Words With Friends Free (No. 6).


While the road to 50 billion downloads is littered with games, it ends with a $10,000 App Store gift card, which Apple will award to one lucky individual with impeccable timing.

"Apps have revolutionized the way we play video games, consume news, do business, educate, communicate, create art, and so much more," Apple said in a statement. "As we approach 50 billion app downloads, we'll be awarding a $10,000 App Store gift card to the lucky customer who downloads the 50 billionth app, and a $500 App Store gift card to each of the next 50 people to download an app."

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If you prefer, you can enter to win without purchase or download by filling out a form, which Apple allows you to do up to 25 times per day.

Getting back to the lists, here are the top paid and free apps on the iPhone:
  1. Angry Birds / Facebook
  2. Fruit Ninja / Pandora Radio
  3. Doodle Jump / Instagram
  4. Cut the Rope / YouTube
  5. Angry Birds Seasons / Skype
  6. WhatsApp Messenger / Words With Friends Free
  7. Camera+ / The Weather Channel
  8. Words With Friends / Twitter
  9. Tiny Wings / Temple Run
  10. Angry Birds Space / Google Search
  11. Pocket God / Netflix
  12. Plants vs. Zombies / Shazam
  13. The Game of Life Classic Edition / Angry Birds Free
  14. The Moron Test / Draw Something Free
  15. Where's My Water? / Flashlight
  16. Draw Something / Facebook Messenger
  17. Monopoly / Google Earth
  18. Angry Birds Star Wars / Fruit Ninja Free
  19. MotionX GPS Drive / iHeartRadio
  20. Skee-Ball / Movies by Flixster, with Rotten Tomatoes
  21. Scrabble / Bump
  22. Uno / Ebay
  23. Minecraft - Pocket Edition / Pac-Man Lite
  24. Color Splash / Groupon
  25. The Sims 3 / Google Maps

And for the iPad:

  1. Pages / Skype for iPad
  2. Angry Birds HD / The Weather Channel for iPad
  3. Angry Birds Seasons HD / Netflix
  4. Where's My Water? / Angry Birds HD Free
  5. Fruit Ninja HD / Kindle
  6. Angry Birds Space HD / Facebook
  7. GarageBand / Pandora Radio
  8. Words With Friends HD / Calculator for iPad Free
  9. Cut the Rope HD / Fruit Ninja HD Free
  10. Keynote / Words With Friends HD Free
  11. Numbers / Google Earth
  12. Angry Birds Star Wars HD / ABC Player
  13. GoodReader for iPad / Calculator Pro for iPad Free
  14. Scrabble HD for iPad / Temple Run
  15. Minecraft - Pocket Edition / YouTube
  16. Plants vs. Zombies HD / Ebay for iPad
  17. Notability / CNN App for ipad
  18. Monopoly for iPad / Dropbox
  19. Quickoffice Pro HD / Adobe Reader
  20. Star Walk HD / Twitter
  21. Draw Something / Solitaire
  22. iMovie / NYTimes for iPad
  23. iPhone / Temple Run 2
  24. Where's My Perry? / Hulu Plus
  25. Bad Piggies HD / Draw Something Free