Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

Apple reveals the most popular apps, movies and music of 2017

Apple reveals the most popular apps, movies and music of 2017

As in previous years, the company's App Store editors have selected the best apps and games of the year for every software platform - iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

Apple also announced the biggest trends of 2017 and the most popular apps, music, movies and more.

On the iPad, professional photo editing app Affinity Photo has been named App of the Year, with Jonathan Blow's The Witness winning Game of the Year; on the iPhone, Apple Design Award 2017 victor Splitter Critters was also named Game of the Year, while meditation and relaxation app Calm was chosen as the App of the Year. Affinity Photo is also a paid-up front app although Calm is free with an optional subscription.

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With a press release and special sections featured on its digital storefronts this morning, Apple revealed the most popular apps, games, and media releases of 2017.

"Hillbilly Elegy" topped the nonfiction charts, leading a wave of titles on current events and politics.

Super Mario Run tops the most downloaded games chart, followed by 8 Ball Pool, Snake VS Block, Ballz, Word Cookies and Subway Surfers.

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Snapchat's 2016 crown was snatched from them, but only just, by the popular Bitmooji app, which is owned by Snap. See the full charts in the App Store. Taylor Swift's album "reputation" has already shot up to #3 on the 2017 USA top album charts, despite having only been available for a short period of time. This features the most interesting and important apps, games and trends in app culture.

For movies, the top film was Moana followed by the Stars Was instalment Rogue One. Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead were the top TV shows of the year while NPR's Fresh Air was the most downloaded podcast. If you've been keeping up with the App Store regularly throughout 2017, numerous top apps and games should look familiar to you, but there are some surprises as well.

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Schmidt apologized in court and broke down while detailing what his family had been through since his arrest in January. VW used sophisticated software to cheat emissions rules on almost 600,000 U.S. vehicles.

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