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Apple App Store approaches 50 billion downloads

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Apple has announced that the App Store is nearing the milestone of 50 billion app downloads.

The company is giving away a $10,000 (£6,440) iTunes gift card to one lucky user to celebrate reaching the landmark figure, and $500 (£320) gift cards to the next 50 customers.

Apple App store counts down to 50 billion downloads

Apple App store countdown to 50 billion downloads



Apple has also revealed the most popular apps on its online store in the UK since it launched in the summer of 2008, with video games dominating the premium charts.

WhatsApp Messenger is the most-downloaded premium app for iPhone, while Facebook topped the free chart for the handset.

Word processor Pages was named as the most popular paid-for iPad application, and BBC iPlayer was the most-downloaded free app among Apple tablet users in Britain.

BBC iPlayer was one of several TV apps to feature in the free iPad apps chart, with ITV Player, 4oD and Sky Go joining it in the top 10.

The charts in full follow:

Top All-Time Paid Apps - iPhone:

1.) WhatsApp Messenger
2.) Angry Birds
3.) Doodle Jump
4.) Fruit Ninja
5.) Cut The Rope
6.) Angry Birds Seasons
7.) TuneIn Radio Pro
8.) MONOPOLY
9.) Draw Something
10.) Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Top All-Time Free Apps - iPhone:

1.) Facebook
2.) Skype
3.) eBay
4.) YouTube
5.) Twitter
6.) Instagram
7.) Temple Run
8.) Draw Something Free
9.) Google Search
10.) Google Earth

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Facebook app for iOS

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Facebook app for iOS



Top All-Time Paid Apps - iPad:

1.) Pages
2.) Angry Birds HD
3.) SCRABBLE for iPad
4.) GarageBand
5.) MONOPOLY for iPad
6.) FIFA 13 by EA Sports
7.) Numbers
8.) Fruit Ninja HD
9.) Angry Birds Star Wars HD
10.) Keynote

Top All-Time Free Apps - iPad:

1.) BBC iPlayer
2.) Skype for iPad
3.) ITV Player
4.) eBay for iPad
5.) 4oD
6.) Calculator for iPad Free
7.) Angry Birds HD Free
8.) Sky Go
9.) Kindle
10.) Facebook

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