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NPR Launches New Facebook App As iPad Downloads Top 1 Million

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They’re app-happy over at NPR these days, with over 1 million people having downloaded the organization’s iPad app over the last year and plans to introduce a new Facebook app that will let NPR listeners meet each other on Facebook and play trivia games.

The new Facebook app launching today is called I <3 NPR, which means I Heart NPR to the uninitiated. Once installed, Facebook users can assign themselves to a home station in their part of the country and see fellow friends on Facebook who are also NPR fans. There will also be a series of games, starting with NPR Trivia Quiz and Name That Theme Song, and others will be released as more and more people install the app, NPR said. The winners get “virtual tote bags,” believe it or not.

NPR launched an iPad app right around this time last year and just passed the 1 million download mark, which isn’t bad considering Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) sold about 15 million iPads worldwide in 2010 and several million more in the first quarter of this year amid the iPad 2 launch. Apple will likely announce first-quarter iPad numbers during its earnings call in a few weeks.