Original post at Popzara Blogs :
Since launching in support of its 3G iPhone and second-generation iPod Touch last July, Apple's App Store has been met with unprecedented support and media fanfare, as the company continues its slow transformation from fruity computer company to full-fledged software provider. To help celebrate the impending one-billionth App downloaded, some impressive numbers have been making the rounds and it looks as though gaming is helping drive their converstion.
Apple is reporting that downloaded games now represent 30% of all free Apps and a whopping 70% of all paid Apps through the store since its launch last July. Pangea's Enigmo, Bejewled 2, Moto Chaser, Flick Fishing , and of course, Tetris .
Topping the list of paid applications is Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D , published by Activision and one of the App store's first titles. With its $5.99 (US) pricetag, this helps make Crash's Apple debut one of the costliest downloads for the platform, which alongside fellow best-seller Super Monkey Ball , seems to justify the higher price-tag.
The most downloaded free App is Tapulous's Tap Revenge , another debut release and the fourth most-popular free download on the platform, after Facebook, Google Earth, and Pandora Radio applications. Pac-Man Lite, FlipSide5's Touch Hockey: FS5, Codify AB's Labyrinth Lite Edition , and SGN iBowl were other popular choices as well.
Apple seems to have adopted the curious system of not revealing actual sales figures of their downloaded Apps, leaving many to speculate and perhaps fill in the gaps through more unconvential means. But as the highly-anticipated 1,000,000,000 App is on its way, that's one number you can be sure they'll imprint upon the public when it happens.
Thanks to GameIndustry.biz for the biz-ness!