Meet Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China who was awarded a $10,000 iTunes gift certificate for helping Apple’s App Store hit its 25 billion downloads mark. Fu downloaded Where’s My Water some time during March 2, just a little more than two weeks since Apple announced it would give away a prize to the lucky customer who could push the company into its latest milestone.
“We’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users.”
With the iOS system operation around the world, it comes as no surprise the lucky winner of this contest went to someone outside of the United States. We’re also not surprised to see that the winning download went to a gaming app since it can be easily enjoyed by a variety of audiences and have been adapted to numerous foreign languages. Where’s My Water is a physics puzzle game that incorporates strategic flows of water to help accomplish tasks for your cartoon alligators. If only Angry Birds Space released before March 22, the franchise could have earned a bigger name than it has already become.
Along with celebrating Apple’s 25 billion downloads mark, iTunes also released the latest list of top 25 best-selling or most downloaded free apps on the iPhone and iPad. Just like Where’s My Water, gaming apps dominated the chart for iPhone paid downloads, with nine out of the top ten spots in the video game category. Of course, three of these went to the different renditions of Angry Birds, with the original version firmly at the number one spot.
Things were a little different for iPad paid downloads, and it’s likely because of the different clientele that use the iPad along with the capacity of the large, tablet technology. Many more document-editing, music-composing, and note-taking apps were apparent in Apple’s iPad list, but the number one best-seller title went to Pages, one of iWork’s premier applications. Its $9.99 price tag also probably didn’t hurt to help push the application to the top of the list.
Oddly enough, 2011’s App of the Year as selected by Apple itself did not make the cut. Instagram, which has reached more than 15 million iPhone users, remained too new in a sea of apps that have been around since the creation of the App Store. With the rise of vintage photo filters and its small social network surrounding the app, we anticipate Instagram to hopefully find itself on next year’s roundup.