Apple Publishes Game-Heavy iOS App Bestseller List

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple has posted its list [iTunes Link] of the top 25 bestselling apps of all time, following the download of the 25 billionth app from the App Store.

    The list, transcribed by MacStories, gives some insight into the types of apps that users are buying, and how those differ between the iPhone/iPod Touch and the iPad.

    The top 9 apps on the bestselling paid iPhone list are all games, with photography app Camera+ coming in tenth. In the entire top 25, there are only 5 non-games on the list.

    The bestselling free iPhone list does include a number of games, but includes many more app-versions of popular websites and services. Facebook, Pandora, Skype and The Weather Channel are all in the top 5, with Words With Friends Free and Angry Birds Free the only games in the top 10.

    Showing how the iPad differs from the iPhone in more than just screen size, the bestselling paid iPad list includes a large number of productivity applications. Apple's Pages word processing app comes in first, with sketching app Penultimate, GoodReader, Numbers, and Keynote all show up in the top 15.

    The bestselling free iPad list looks similar to the free iPhone list, with a number of app-versions of popular websites and services, as well as a good number of free games as well.

    The full bestselling lists can be viewed on iTunes, or at MacStories.

    Article Link: Apple Publishes Game-Heavy iOS App Bestseller List
  2. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2011
    Ever looked at the top 25 paid and free? Mostly games. Kids these days...
  3. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2011
    Essex, england
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    Angry birds has got to be the first. Hands down.
  4. iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
    Seems to be a healthy mix of both productivity apps and games, whats your point?
  5. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    I remember in the days before Angry Birds came along that Doodle Jump was the classic must have app. :)
  6. RickyB macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
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    It seems to be country specific. The list I get here in the UK is different from MacStories' list
  7. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Interesting, but logically the list HAS to be game-heavy; that really doesn’t say anything meaningful about how people use their devices.

    Why would it be game-heavy? Because games as a genre are so varied and you can have fun with many similar games.

    You’re probably not going to buy, use and recommend ten different word processors or calculators, even if you spend a ton of time using your favorite one or two.

    But you may well buy and play ten dual-stick shooters or ten word games! Some you’ll use for hours at a time, some not, but you get value and enjoyment from the variety.

    Put another way: there’s a good reason to stop buying apps in any productivity category: you’ve found a great one and now you’re happy. There’s no good reason to stop buying games....
  8. MacSince1990 macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2009
    I wish this wasn't news.

    Gee. Your memory goes back a whole couple of years. Damn that's impressive.
  9. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I'm surprised and pleased that Tiny Wings is there. It's still one of my favorite games. And I was really surprised Skee-Ball is at number 13. That was one of the early apps for the iPhone. I'm amazed it's still selling so well. But outside of those apps, I only own a handful of others that made the list. I guess I'm just not that app-savvy. :)
  10. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    You'd think with *multiple* calculators showing up as some of the top apps of all-time on the iPad, Apple would realize that people WANT those missing "iPhone apps" on their iPad.

    Where are Calculator, Stocks, Weather, etc, etc?
  11. InfoTime macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    I've always wished there was a checkbox in the App Store so I could filter out games and just see the top ten lists of all the other categories.
  12. ProVideo macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    I wish there was a way to look at the Top app list for all the categories with games excluded. They just dominate the Top list so heavily, and I rarely ever download game apps when compared to other categories. There might be a way already, but I don't know of one.

    Edit: Yeah, what InfoTime said.
  13. Snowshiro macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    Yep - it's definitely country specific. The Japanese list really surprised me. Only 7 of the top 25 are games, so it's definitely not game heavy. And some of the best selling apps, were very unexpected.
  14. fatboyslick macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Is this list Global or USA only - it's just that the Netflix and ABC app aren't available outside the US and I doubt it would make a Global list
  15. llumiaho macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2009
    For me it shows the list for our local App Store.
  16. MaxCast macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2011
  17. mrmicp macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2009
    We get the Netflix app over here in the UK, but it isn't on our list.... but BBC iPlayer, ITV player and 4OD are.
  18. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    One siginificant way these lists are "skewed" (if you're trying to understand what people do with their iPhones, iPads, and Toches): they don't include the built-in apps. Email, messaging, calendar, music, video, books, browsing, etc. are all included.

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