Apple has announced its yearly iTunes Store awards for 2014, reflecting upon the apps, games, movies, books, and podcasts that it finds most “exhilarating, innovative, and surprising”. In addition, the company has also highlighted the apps which were downloaded the most this year.Among Indian users, the best iPhone and iPad app this year was Replay Video Editor. Popular title Threes! took the baton for the best iPhone and iPad game of the year. Interestingly, in the global listing of the iTunes Store awards, the company rooted the most for Elevate – Brain Training. Among Indians, Elevate – Brain Training was the runner-up among apps. Leo’s Fortune was the runner up for best iPad and iPhone game of the year. The apps that were very popular among Indian users include Passcode for WhatsApp, Mobile Number Locator, Password App box “Privacy 100%”, iTheme, and Laser Tape. The free apps that users downloaded the most in 2014 were WhatsApp, Messenger, Facebook, Candy Crush, Truecaller, Google Maps, Flipkart-Online, and YouTube among others.
In the Music section, the company found Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour, Haider, Khoobsurat, and I (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) among its top favorites. Users also liked Ek Villain, Bang Bang, Kill Dill, Tandanu, Bangalore Days, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Among the songs that sold the most include Baby Doll, Galliyan, Samjhawan, Sunny Days, London Thumakda, Happy, and Tu Meriamong others. Top selling albums included I, Aashique 2, Ghost Stories, Highway, Ek Villain, Queen, and 2 States among others.
The best movies for 2014 according to Apple are Queen, Ankhon Dekhi, Edge of Tomorrow, and The Lego Movie. The movies that Indians purchased the most this year were The Monuments Men, 300: Rise of an Empire, Godzilla (2014), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Longest Week, Ragini MMS 2, and Youngistan among others.
Apple found BBC’s Global News, TechStuff, Stuff You Should Know, BBC’s Documentaries, The English We Speak, Ted Talks, The Economist, London Business School podcasts, English as a Second Language, and Hindi as its favorite podcasts. The best emerging new podcasts were The Art of Thinking SMART Podcast, Hello Spoken English, Hello Internet, Wild Oceans, 500 Startups Podcast, NPR: TED Radio Hour Podcast.
Among the recent debutants 1MinuteTips.com, How to Start A Startup, Serial are gaining good traction, while Hardwell on Air Official Podcast, Radio Mirchi, Tiesto’s Club Life Podcast, A State of Trance Official Podcast, Above & Beyond: Group Therapy were among the most downloaded podcasts this year.