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Nov 21 2008

Top 10 Paid iPhone Productivity Apps

iPhone GTDI blogged earlier today about the new Using your iPhone to Get Things Done micro site that Apple had just released.

One of the items on the micro site is a list of the Top 10 Paid iPhone Productivity Applications.

I am presuming this is based upon data from Apple and download information over a time period. However it is worked out, this is great data from Apple as you can see what other people are downloading in order to use their iPhone and iPod Touch as a productivity device.

So, below is the list from Apple along with links to Productivity Apps in the iTunes store.

The big shock for me is that my favorite GTD app on the iPhone, Omnifocus, is not on the list!. Maybe the cost of OmniFocus puts people off, and also the fact that you do really need the Mac App as well in order for it to work to the full effect.

The only real GTD or Task based item on the list is Things, which comes in at number 8!. Maybe

The category within iTunes for Productivity is quite big and covers a lot of areas. It is however interesting to see which applications are selling the best from Apples point of view.

What do you think? Are you surprised by this list of the top 10 Productivity Apps?

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  1. Jared Goralnick said on November 21st, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Couple things:

    1. I think this title will get you some traffic :-) .
    2. It’s always amused me what’s garnered the label “productivity.” It’s as if anything that’s not a game these days deserves then label. But then again, isn’t technology supposed to be all about saving time?

    It’s tough to use that word because now productivity (in our community) is kind of meta–it’s as if most applications save you time, but productivity applications save you time at saving time. Or, they’re all about organizing.

    I don’t know what apps belong on this list as I’m not an iPhone user, but just wanted to add some food for thought :-)

  2. Andrew Mason said on November 21st, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    @Jared Goralnick:

    Hi Jared, yes, it is a good title for a post. The “Top Ten” type of posts always seem to do great.

    Totally agree about the use of Productivity. I mean, is a spell checking app really a Productivity app?

    Have a great weekend..

  3. John B. Kendrick said on November 22nd, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Thanks Andrew, I hadn’t seen the micro site until it came up in your post. BTW, the premier issue of Productive! magazine has just been released, and has 17 great articles on productivity, along with an exclusive interview with productivity guru, David Allen. I’ve posted a link to the free premier November issue at
    This link includes a bit of self promo as I have an article in the mag. John

  4. OlgaS said on November 24th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    @Andrew, nice post. Though I would add to the list some other to-do apps as well. It seems to me that there are many of them that are worth using. E.g. Zenbe list, EasyTask, Task2Gather.

  5. Matthew said on January 9th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    thank you for this list.

    I’d just like to add a great Calculator and universal Converter.

  6. iPhone said on January 17th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    It would have been much better if “paid” was replaced with “free”. People like free things :D

    Nice list by the way. Spell check was probably the first application I bought.

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