Apple counts down to 50B app downloads milestone

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By Scott Reyburn Comment

apple250In today’s weekly App Store refresh, which Apple does every Thursday, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company added a countdown to 50 billion app downloads.

Apple did a similar countdown in February 2012 when the App Store was reaching the 25 billion mark for downloads. To celebrate the 50 billion downloads achievement, Apple will be awarding a $10,000 App Store gift card to the user who downloads the 50 billionth app, and the following 50 users who download an app will receive a $500 App Store gift card.

In early January, Apple announced that its App Store exceeded the 40 billion downloads mark (excluding re-downloads and app updates), with approximately 20 billion downloads occurring in 2012. December 2012, in particular, was a record-breaking month in terms of app downloads, where the company saw more than two billion apps downloaded during the month.

Here are the top 25 free and paid apps of all-time for iPhone and iPad:

iPhone Top Free

  1. Facebook
  2. Pandora
  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, with Rotten Tomatoes
  21. Bump
  22. eBay
  23. PAC-MAN Lite
  24. Groupon
  25. Google Maps

iPhone Top 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

iPad Top Free

  1. Skype
  2. The Weather Channel
  3. Netflix
  4. Angry Birds HD Free
  5. Kindle
  6. Facebook
  7. Pandora
  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

Top 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
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