It has been ten years since Apple first launched the App Store. Nowadays, we mostly use apps to connect to services we use, but back in 2008 when the App Store launched, iPhone users downloaded very different apps.
Taking a look at the top ten apps in the App Store back in 2008, it is both cringy and nostalgic to look back to a time when people were less refined and somehow chose to pay for iBeer to fake drink a beer. The list was part of the now defunct iTunes lists, courtesy of TechCrunch, and is a true blast from the past.
Top Paid Apps
- Koi Pond
- Texas Hold'em
- Moto Chaser
- Crash Bandicoot: Nitro Kart 3D
- Super Monkey Ball
- Cro-Mag Rally
- Pocket Guitar
Top Free Apps
- Pandora Radio
- Tap Tap Revenge
- Labyrinth Lite Edition
- Google Earth
- Lightsaber Unleashed
That accounts for the top ten apps for the entire year and the usual suspects are there, from Koi Pond, to Pocket Guitar and the old stand by Google Earth. These were some of the most popular apps at the time and paint a colorful portrait of the times.
It's difficult to put into words how much of a novelty it was to play around with a touch display back in 2008. What else could explain the fun people had messing around with a virtual koi pond or a digital guitar. That being said, there are still a number of apps on the list that still exist ten years later. Among them are Facebook, Pandora, Shazam (though it was recently bought by Apple) and Remote.
The most recent App Store charts are riddled with ubiquitous services we all use like Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook and Netflix. Times have changed but we'll always have this chart to keep us humble and show us how far we've come in the last decade.
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