Weekly international iPad apps: NinJump, VLC Media Player, Netflix, Frankfurter Rundschau

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The top free iPad applications by country* for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on September 27.

1. USA
NinJump -HD (games)
A fast-paced ninja climbing game in which users have to rise to the top while avoiding dangers such as throwing stars, bombs, enemy ninjas and even killer squirrels.

2. UK
VLC Media Player (entertainment)

A free and open-source multimedia player, which the manufacturers claim can support almost every format of video file.

3. France
VLC Media Player (entertainment)

See "VLC Media Player"

4. Canada
Netflix (entertainment)

This app for the iPad is designed to support subscription TV and movie steaming site Netflix. Users will need to already have an existing US Netflix account or subscribe to the service before using the app.

5. Japan
Chalk Board (education)

Users can create, erase and save chalkboard-style drawings with this app, for added authenticity the app comes with 'chalkboard' sound effects.

6. Australia
VLC Media Player (entertainment)

See "VLC Media Player" 

7. Germany

Frankfurter Rundschau (news)
Germany's daily paper the Frankfurter Rundschau comes to the iPad with this free app. The content of the paper is updated around the clock , plus videos and interactive graphics are delivered straight to the iPad.

8. China
NinJump -HD (games)

See "NinJump"

9. Italy
VLC Media Player (entertainment)

See "VLC Media Player"

10. Korea
?? ( ????? PDF Reader, PDF Viewer )
PDF ?? ("PDF Notes" in English) is a PDF file reader and viewer for the iPad. The manufacturers claim the app works faster than other PDF viewers on the market.

*The countries listed are those markets in which the most iOS devices have been sold worldwide. The list of top ten countries is based on AdMob's April 2010 estimate of the worldwide iOS User Distribution.