2Candy Crush Saga Dominates
3YouTube Is Sorely Missed
4Communication Apps Make a Splash
5Games Still Matter Most
Ultimately, games are what drives the bulk of Apple’s App Store downloads, according to the data the company provided. The top-selling apps, as well as the top free apps, were overrun with games, ranging from the previously mentioned Candy Crush Saga to Minecraft. For developers who want to make a splash, going for gaming might not be a bad idea.
6iTunes Radio Faces Competition From Pandora
Apple might now be competing in the music-streaming space with iTunes Radio, but at this point, its users seem content with either using Pandora or complementing Apple’s offering with the popular music app. Pandora came in ninth place in Apple’s listing of free apps, outpacing any other streaming-music app in 2013.
7The Old Winners Are There
8Kindle Puts iBooks In Question
Apple’s iOS users might find some value in the company’s iBooks ebook service. But the popularity of the Amazon Kindle app on the iPad indicates folks are also seeking that app out. In fact, the Kindle app came in 11th place on the iPad’s listing of free apps this year, putting at least some pressure on iBooks.
9Angry Birds and Star Wars: A Match Made in Heaven
10The Enterprise Is on the Outskirts
Where is the enterprise in this year’s collection of top apps? A glimpse at both iPhone and iPad apps reveals that business apps aren’t nearly as popular as some corporate users might think. Perhaps, that’s because they’re targeting a niche audience. But it calls into question exactly what enterprise users are doing with the App Store once they get an iPhone or iPad in-hand.
11Disney Animated a Hit With Apple’s Editors
Each year, Apple’s editors, who are responsible for keeping the store’s inventory up today, pick a program that they believe is the very best. This time around, it’s Disney Animated. The $10 app provides a “tour of Disney’s … film vault” and provides “interactive character models.” It’s a nice app for Disney fans and kids, alike.