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To close out 2010 and usher in a new year that will no doubt be full of crazy app trends, Apple recently counted down its most popular apps ever for the iPhone and iPad. In looking at the top apps that customers most eagerly download for free or for a small fee, some interesting trends emerge.

We’ll flesh out those trends below.

Top Free iPhone Apps

  • Facebook
  • Pandora
  • Google Mobile App
  • Shazam
  • Movies by Flixster
  • The Weather Channel
  • Google Earth
  • Bump
  • Skype
  • Paper Toss

When it comes to free apps, connecting with others and exercising one’s choice in entertainment options seem to be priorities. Another apparent priority? Obtaining information quickly and easily, as evidenced by Google Mobile, Google Earth and the Weather Channel.

Top Paid iPhone Apps

  • Doodle Jump
  • Tap Tap Revenge 3
  • Pocket God
  • Angry Birds
  • Tap Tap Revenge 2.6
  • Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
  • Traffic Rush
  • Tap Tap Revenge Classic
  • AppBox Pro Alarm
  • Flight Control

For those who pay for iPhone apps, competition and fun must be on the top of their lists. This would explain why all but one of the top 10 paid apps is a game. The fact that iPhone users are more willing to pay for a gaming app than any other type of app may suggest that, as a whole, we believe these games add value to our phones. Maybe their clever characters or increasingly hard levels are addicting. Maybe they’re just so easy and tempting to pull out when you have a  moment to spare. Or maybe many people consider these games more entertaining than, say, surfing the web or reading a book on an e-reader app.

Top Free iPad Apps

  • Pandora
  • Google Mobile App
  • Movies by Flixster
  • Google Earth
  • Yelp
  • Fandango Movies
  • Remote
  • iBooks
  • Bible
  • Solitaire

Entertainment and media are the categories that once again reign supreme for app-lovers when it comes to the iPad. This list, however, is a bit more diversified. It includes radio, movie and e-reader apps, along with an app that can turn your iPad into an iTunes or Apple TV remote control.

Top Paid iPad Apps

  • SoundHound
  • StickWars
  • FlightTrack
  • Backbreaker Football
  • Calorie Tracker
  • BlocksClassic
  • iFart Mobile
  • GoodReader for iPad
  • Cro-Mag Rally
  • Ambiance

Games are also the top apps iPad users are willing to shell out money for. However, a few outcasts also made the top cut. These include a noise ambience app, an e-reader app, an app that can help you manage your weight…and an app that makes fart noises. Your grandchildren’s generation is doomed, seniors.


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