Apple reveals top apps of all time

As Apple gets closer to tallying its 10 billionth app download, the company reveals the top apps of all time. And no, Angry Birds does not top that list.

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The top iPhone apps of all time.
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Apple has unveiled its list of the all-time top iPhone and iPad apps as it inches closer to the 10 billionth download in its App Store.

According to the company, Doodle Jump is the most popular paid iPhone app of all time. The game is followed up by Tap Tap Revenge 3 and Pocket God. Surprisingly, Angry Birds, which has 50 million active users across several different platforms, took the fourth spot. Tap Tap Revenge 2.6 captured the fifth spot in Apple's list.

Out of the top 10 paid iPhone apps of all time, 9 are games.

On the free side of iPhone apps, Facebook reigns supreme, inching out Pandora and Google's mobile app. Song-discovery app Shazam captured the fourth spot in Apple's list, followed by Movies by Flixster. Paper Toss was the only game to make it into the top 10 free apps.

When it comes to the iPad, games haven't taken on as much importance, Apple revealed. The top paid iPad progam of all time is music-discovery app, SoundHound. It's followed by StickWars, FlightTrack, Backbreaker Football, and Calorie Tracker.

When it comes to free iPad apps, the list isn't all that different from the iPhone's. Pandora took the top spot for free apps on Apple's tablet, followed by Google's Mobile app, Movies by Flixster, and Google Earth. Yelp rounded out the top five.

Facebook didn't make it in the free iPad list for one good reason: the company has yet to offer an official iPad app.

Apple's App Store has enjoyed unbridled growth since its launch in 2008. In just nine months, it hit 1 billion downloads, and followed that up with 5 billion downloads back in June. Now, the marketplace is closing in on 10 billion downloaded apps. As of this writing, more than 9.9 billion apps have been downloaded.

Apple announced last week that the person who downloads the 10 billionth app or fills out an entry form just prior to the 10 billionth app being downloaded will receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card to commemorate the event.