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The Most Popular Free iPad Apps Ever

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NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- To celebrate the 25 billionth app download (yes, billionth) a week ago, Apple (AAPL) released a list of the most popular free iPhone and iPad apps of all time.

The most popular apps on the iPhone are mainly a mix of games and social networking tools, while the most popular apps on the iPad are much more dominated by news and e-reading apps -- and yes, a few games as well.

Looking for a few great apps to put on your new iPad that won't cost you a dime? Some others have shared that thought -- a billion times as of last week.

As shoppers around the country get ready for the new iPad to hit store shelves, we decided to round up the 25 most downloaded free iPad apps of all time, based on Apple's list. Even those who have been using an iPad since its release may discover a few great apps they didn't know existed.

25th-most popular app: Friendly for Facebook
For whatever reason, it took Facebook more than a year and a half to introduce an iPad-optimized version of its iPhone app. In that time, other apps such as Friendly for Facebook filled the void. Even though Facebook now does have an iPad app, some may still prefer this one because it offers more ability for customization, along with photo-editing features and the option to switch between multiple Facebook accounts.

24th-most popular app: Solitaire
Why someone would spend $500 or more on a product to play a game that only requires a $2 deck of cards is beyond us, but then again people play it on the computer, too. So if you'd like to extend your Solitaire habit onto a yet another device, download this app.

23rd-most popular app: Twitter
There are plenty of excellent third-party Twitter apps such as Twitterific, TweetDeck and Hootsuite, which offer extra features and different viewing options, but the standard Twitter app is probably the best choice for anyone just looking for a simple and free way to check their Twitter feed and post updates.

22nd-most popular app:
Some apps such as the Kindle for iPad do offer a built-in dictionary to look up words in the text, but for those who want something a little more comprehensive, there's nothing better than the app.

21st-most popular app: Angry Birds Seasons HD Free
There are six games that cracked the top 25 list, and half of them are variations of Angry Birds. If you're not already familiar with the ongoing war between the birds and the pigs, you should probably familiarize yourself. It's become a pop culture phenomenon.

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