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In App Store, What is the different between Top Grossing and Top Paid?

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There are three categories: Top Free, Top Paid, and Top Grossing.

In the Top Free category, the apps with the most downloads that have a price of $0 make the list.

In the Top Paid category, the apps with the most downloads that have a price greater than $0 make the list.

The Top Grossing category lists the apps with the highest total revenue (that is, price * quantity sold + revenue from in-app purchases). A $50 app is likely to have fewer downloads than at $0.99 app. The Top Paid list will likely include many inexpensive apps that get purchased often. The Top Grossing category is to indicate which apps have the highest total spent on them.

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I think the Top Grossing category also counts in-app purchases towards the revenue. – Heng-Cheong Leong Dec 6 '11 at 2:48
@Heng-CheongLeong: That makes sense. Does it also include in-app purchases for free apps? – Thilo Dec 6 '11 at 7:28
@Thilo: That's correct, it measures total revenue including in app purchases and app price. There are several "Free" apps that feature on the top grossing list, this is due to the revenue generated by their in-app purchases. – user15785 Dec 31 '11 at 18:01
Four of the apps in top-grossing right now cost $79.99 or more. – please delete me Dec 31 '11 at 18:28

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