Emerging Top Free Apps on iOS: Music, Television, Learning, & Beauty

The top free app lists remain highly active this week with the ebb and flow of new and re-emerging applications frequently changing, in terms of rankings. In fact, the frequency of these changes have been so much today, that likely the numbers will have changed before the end of this sentence is read. Nevertheless, these dramatic changes are far more drastic on the iPhone as opposed to iPad. On a different note, while games are dominant this week, both iDevices hosted several other application types this week running a wide range of topics such as music, television, education, and beauty.

New Titles Within Top iPhone Free Apps List

Free Music DownloadFree Music Download — Zentertain, a small iOS startup founded last year, is in the top charts again with today’s #1 top free iPhone application, Free Music Download. This is not to be confused with the Free Music Download that breached the top paid charts recently, as Zentertain has changed that app to Free Music Download Pro. Regardless, the new (released July 21st) title works almost exactly the same as the paid version, allowing users to access and download from hundreds of songs for free and legally. That said, this free version can only hold 15 songs total.

Doodle God Lite — In at #3 is an older game, that was released March 25th, Doodle God Lite. The free version of past top paid appDoodle God, the game allows users to play god by mixing and matching various elements to build an entire world. Such elements include basics such as earth and fire, as well as bacteria, tools, animals, and so on. The app is credited to the veteran Russian developer JoyBits whose application focus is centric to both mobile games and J2ME products.

Prize Claw – Updated just yesterday, July 26th, is today’s #4 top free iPhone application, Prize Claw from Dallas, Texas-based studio Game Circus (the company’s focus is on free-to-play mobile games). The game is about what it sounds like, which is a digital recreation of arcade and carnival prize claw machines. That in mind, this iPhone app grants players with a bit more than teddy bears, with special prizes and power ups to make winning a greater probability. To monetize, the game hosts two in-app purchases for $3.99 and $0.99 which unlocks new features and removes advertisements respectively.

NutsNuts! – A feature on FreeAppADay has given rise to another of Limbic Software’s titles this week, Nuts!, which is currently ranked at #5. This simple game gives players control of scampering Jake the squirrel and tasks them with climbing up a tree, as high as possible, while they attempt to collect coins and avoid branches, icy patches, and other such dangers.  The game was last updated July 20th with new achievements and leaderboards and monetizes through in-app purchases of virtual currency priced at $0.99 to $49.99. As for Limbic itself, the small iOS developer from California has already seen its newest release, Zombie Gunship, top both the paid and grossing lists this week, and states that its title,TowerMadness, has been downloaded over 6 million times.

WatchTV Free  — In at #6 is another non-game app, WatchTV Free. Relatively new — released July 5th — this free version of the $1.99 WatchTV app, allows users to view television, internationally, from the channels of their home country. While not all channels are allowed outside a country, the app notes that there are over 1000 already available in its database. The creator behind the app is noted as Atenea Innova, a small technology company from Spain who hosts a variety of iOS application types including music, general entertainment, education, games, and reference.

New Titles Within Top iPad Free Apps List

HowStuffWorksHowStuffWorks for iPad — HowStuffWorks is the new #1 free title for iPad. The app is an iPad version of HowStuffWorks.com and consists of several thousand articles, videos, and podcasts that show users, with simple explanations, how various things in the world function. Additionally, this educational app also hosts over 1,000 quizzes with which players can can challenge friends and earn badges. Founded in 1998, HowStuffWorks is actually a wholly owned subsidiary of media company, Discovery Communications.

Doors of the Mind – Inner Mysteries HD —Coming in at #4 is a game from yesterday’s top grossing listDoors of the Mind – Inner Mysteries HD. The hidden-object adventure title comes from veteran casual and mobile games developer and publisher, Big Fish Games. This time around, players take control of a man who has been enveloped with uncontrollable nightmares and must discover the deeper meaning behind them. Free-to-download, the game monetizes through an in-app unlock of the full game for $6.99 (which is currently 30% off). Doors of the Mind was released July 21st.

SephoraSephora App for iPad — Another new app appears this week in the form of Sephora App for iPad. Released July 21st, this lifestyle application is a compilation of iPad-exclusive catalogs, videos, and social media. The app consists of catalogues ranging from skincare to makeup and also contains an iPad 2 exclusive feature that acts as a virtual mirror, which can be played side-by-side with video instructions (e.g. for applying makeup). The title, ranked at #9, is credited to a company dubbed Sephora USA, a San Francisco-based company that was originally founded in France in 1970 and is now a leading perfume chain and one of the top beauty websites.

To-Fu: The Trials of Chi HD – Moving down to #10 comes the temporarily free game of To-Fu: The Trials of Chi HD. The quirky game challenges players with the collection of objects around an obstacle laden level. To do so, players  ricochet around levels by stretching and launching their tofu protagonist. As for the game’s developer, To-Fu is made by U.K.-based HotGen, a mid-sized of games, for multiple platforms, and interactive toys. To-Fu, however, is its only noted title on iOS. Released July 21st, To-Fu: The Trials of Chi also monetizes through an in-app unlock of all levels for $0.99.

Deadlock: Online – Crescent Moon Games is a California-based iOS studio that is not unfamiliar with the top charts, having breached them with before with titles such asPocket RPG and Gears. Their latest title to grow is the #11 top free iPad app, Deadlock: Online. This currently free-to-play game is a dual-stick shooter that allows players to battle against up to eight other players in gun-touting modes such as Deathmatch and Capture & Hold. Additionally, the game also hosts asynchronous online tournaments. Released on July 2st, the game is temporarily free-to-play with no advertisements. Even so, the game still monetizes through in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $9.99.