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Games, entertainment dominate App Store charts

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Fri July 18, 2008

Early App Store rankings

Games and other forms of entertainment are currently dominating in popularity at the App Store, according to new data. Mobile advertiser Medialets says it has been keeping track of the store's metrics, specifically a combination of downloads, scores, and number of ratings. Top on the list of paid apps is Sega's Super Monkey Ball, an iPhone edition of the popular GameCube title. Most of the other titles in the top 10 are games as well, including Texas Hold'em, Enigmo and Solitaire.

The only non-gaming titles at the top of the chart are in fact iBeer, At Bat and Recorder, the lone piece of productivity software. The app lets people record voices and sounds through an iPhone's built-in mic.

Free rankings are again led by a game, Tap Tap Revenge, but Apple's Remote utility is in second, followed by Pandora Radio and PhoneSaber. The bottom three positions in the top 10 are all utilities: specifically, AIM, WeatherBug, and the Urbanspoon restaurant recommender.

Among the paid apps, none of the highest-ranking options cost more than $10, the the level of titles like Monkey Ball and Scrabble. The cheapest piece of software is Recorder, priced at the lowest possible tier, 99 cents.

A chart published by Medialets shows that the majority of apps available are free, at over 200, while a sharp drop-off occurs once pricing reaches the $2 mark. Few programs cost more than $10, and none are $18 or more.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Games?! Entertainment??!

    I thought the Mac platform was a "Non-Gaming" platform! What happened?! I wonder if Steve is mulling over his failure to attract and or keep software game manufacturers for the Mac desktop all those years instead of providing a conducive environment for shunning away those that were interested in the Mac platform. Can anyone say, lost revenue...

  1. Flesh-faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Netter's Anatomy costs 40

    And it's pretty spiffy with the gorgeous art and anatomical notes.

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