Apple Reveals Top Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows Of 2017

Alfred Osborne
December 7, 2017

The Cupertino-technology giant notes that 2017 has been a big year for apps and games, thanks to the introduction of Augmented Reality apps and games.

Talking about apps, the App Store editors have identified four breakout trends in app culture for 2017. Daily news has proven a popular genre, with new podcasts this year like "The Daily" from the New York Times and "Up First" from NPR charting in the most downloaded podcasts of the year. The app has a bunch of tools that provides a ground for layer-based editing right on the small screen of the iPhone. The game is available for free and offers includes immersive soundscapes of each split world that you can enjoy by connecting headphones with your iPhone. The Witness was also selected as Game of the Year on the Mac App Store, where Aurora HDR 2018 won in the app category. Google's YouTube was at third (up from sixth in 2016), followed by Facebook Messenger (at second last year), Instagram (same as last year), Facebook (same as last year), Google Maps (same as last year), Netflix (ninth in 2016), Spotify (up from tenth) and Uber (new entry in the top 10).

On Apple's annual list of the most downloaded free iTunes apps of the year, the Bitmoji app, owned by Snap, bagged the top spot.

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Congrats to mindfulness and meditation app Calm and the $9.99 Affinity Photo from Serif Labs for taking home the coveted trophies, not to mention the little-known Splitter Critters and Thekla's The Witness for being named the 2017 iPhone and iPad Game of the Year respectively.

On Apple Music, Drake tops album of the year with "More Life", while Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" gets top song honors. In iTunes Movies, the top five movies were Dear Zindagi, Sully, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (Hindi Version), Baahubali - The Beginning (Hindi Version), and Raaes. For the iPad, it was Affinity Photo, a desktop-class photo editor.

Rather interestingly, the game of the year choices for iPhone and iPad are not freemium titles.

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