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Amazon Appstore celebrates its first birthday with a number of discounted apps

March 16, 2012
Launched on March 22 2011, the Amazon Appstore is currently the most popular alternative to Google Play (formerly the Android Market) when it comes to downloading apps, be them free or paid. Arguably more of an Android game market than an App Store, the number of apps available through Amazon has increased almost eight-fold over the past 12 months, up to 31k apps from just 4k at the time of its launch. Although that number is well below the 400,000 apps available on Google Play, this goes to prove that Amazon’s Appstore is an increasingly reputable market, despite the numerous complaints voiced by “indie” game developers in the past.

To celebrate their upcoming birthday, Amazon has recently announced that over the following week, they will be offering significant discounts on several of the most popular paid games and apps available. If you go at it today, you’ll find that the Android version of the popular Plants vs Zombies game is available today at a 67 percent discount.

The number of apps available on a discount will increase each day, and by the end of the Birthday Deals promotion, several popular titles will be offered for significantly less than their current price. According to the Amazon press release, these apps include Fruit Ninja, Wolfram Alpha, Splashtop Remote Desktop, Dr. Seuss’s The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, TuneIn Radio Pro, TETRIS, PAC-MAN, The Lost City, MONOPOLY, AccuWeather Platinum and Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals.

Also as part of the first Amazon Appstore birthday celebration, the retailer has announced that they will offer 8 free Amazon Kindle Fires in a sweepstakes you can join by the end of this month.

While Amazon has released top ten lists of the most popular free and paid apps available, they have conveniently omitted the total number of downloads from our prying eyes.  Either way, here’s the list of the most popular paid and free apps below.

Here is a list of the 10 most popular paid apps on the Amazon market (as expected, most of them are games):

1. Cut the Rope
2. Angry Birds (Ad-Free)
3. Where’s My Water?
4. Angry Birds Rio (Ad-Free)
5. Angry Birds Seasons (Ad-Free)
6. Plants vs. Zombies (Kindle Fire Edition)
7. Fruit Ninja
8. SCRABBLE (Kindle Fire Edition)
9. UNO (Kindle Fire Edition)

This is the list of the most downloaded free apps available on the Amazon Appstore (all of them games):

1. Angry Birds Free
2. Netflix
3. Solitaire
4. Fruit Ninja Free
5. Angry Birds Seasons Free
6. Bubble Buster
7. Little Piano Free
8. Roller Lite
9. Jewels
10. Hangman Free

Any of you going to take Amazon up on their birthday offer?