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Apple will now be publishing weekly rankings for the App Store in the UK. In partnership with the Press Association, the charts will appear weekly and detail the top 10 in four categories, providing a slightly different perspective than the up-to-the minute internal App Store rankings.

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Apple will now be publishing weekly rankings for the App Store in the UK, featuring top 10 charts for the iPhone and iPad free and paid app categories. In partnership with the Press Association, the charts will provide a slightly different perspective than the up-to-the minute internal App Store rankings. The UK charts add to those that Apple began putting out in the U.S. with the Associated Press back in September.

It may seem a bit odd that Apple would bother with this when anyone with access to iTunes or an iOS device can see what the current rankings are at any given time. But these weekly charts cover only the previous week, and they can look quite different from the live version; for instance, BBC’s iPlayer didn’t make this inaugural chart, despite being No. 7 in the top free iPad apps on the App Store itself.

Apple’s plan with this is obviously to provide media outlets in many world markets with more material regarding the App Store to run. If it can get outlets to pick up the weekly charts the same way that gaming sites regularly publish top console performers, it should help raise public awareness of the App Store and strengthen that Apple sub-brand. It also brings a snapshot of the App Store’s internal offerings to the wider world, reaching potential customers who might not otherwise see what goes on beyond the walls of Apple’s mobile software marketplace. It’s also good for developers, since it provides another outlet for highlighting apps, which in turn is good for Apple’s ability to continue to attract top development talent.

Here are the Apple charts from the UK for this week, which basically tell us two things about iOS software sales in that country: First, a lot of the top paid apps are classic titles that never seem to stray too low in the rankings. And second, Apple itself has a much higher percentage of top app sales on the iPad than on the iPhone. That is not exactly a revelation, but these charts could provide another useful data point for analyzing the progress of mobile software sales.

IPhone (paid apps)

1. Amazing Breaker — Dekovir
2. WhatsApp Messenger — WhatsApp
3. Hardest Game Ever — 0.02s PRO — Ming Liang Chien
4. Angry Birds — Clickgamer.com
5. Superman — Chillingo Ltd
6. FIFA 12 by EA Sports — Electronic Arts
7. Fruit Ninja — Halfbrick Studios
8. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock — Maciek Drejak Labs
9. Camera+ — tap tap tap
10. Blueprint 3D — FDG Entertainment

IPhone (free apps)

1. Hardest Game Ever — 0.02s — Ming Liang Chien
2. Facebook Messenger — Facebook
3. Crime City — Funzio
4. Amazing Breaker Free — Dekovir
5. Place My Face — MUGOCO
6. Solitaire — Byterun
7. Idiot Test — Way Too Funny — CreativeNose
8. Finger Olympic — Fingerway
9. Glass Tower 3 — iDevUA Treelight
10. WordSearchUnlimited Free — VirtueSoft.com

IPad (paid apps)

1. Pages — Apple
2. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing — Sega
3. Minecraft: Pocket Edition — Mojang
4. Shadowgun — Madfinger Games
5. Extraction: Project Outbreak — Chillingo
6. GarageBand — Apple
7. The Cube — All3Media International
8. Numbers — Apple
9. Keynote — Apple
10. Scriblenauts Remix — Warner Bros

IPad (free apps)

1. Sky Movies — BSkyB
2. ITV Player — ITV
3. Blood & Glory — Glu Games
4. iBooks — Apple
5. 4oD Catch Up — Channel 4
6. Demand 5 — Channel Five
7. Solitaire — Byterun
8. Snoopy’s Street Fair — Beeline Europe
9. FilmOn Free TV Live Football Sports News — FilmOn.com
10. Gmail — Google

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