As we take another step closer to the end of 2017, companies all around are now sharing the best we saw this year. After Google launched a list of its most popular apps, movies and music on Play Store, Apple has announced a list of its own. Apple is celebrating the most popular apps, music and movies across the App Store, Apple Music and iTunes.
To begin with, on Apple Music, Drake topped album of the year with More Life, while Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You got top song honors. Taylor Swift’s album “reputation” has already shot up to #3 on the 2017 US top album charts, despite having only been available for a short period of time.
In India, the Humma Song bagged the top song honours, followed by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”. On the other hand, Pritam’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, from the movie of the same title that was released last year, topped the tag of album of the year. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was also rated as the best song of 2016 by Apple.
Talking about apps, the App Store editors have identified four breakout trends in app culture for 2017. First of all, the introduction of AR (augmented reality) apps and games picked up pace this year, second they point out is the rise of real-time competitive gaming, third is the growing popularity of lifestyle apps (like Zomato or Big Basket), and finally increase in popularity of apps enabling photo and video editing. In line with their observation, even on Google, the most popular app in 2016 and 2017, has been a photo editing app, focused on selfies. Apple has credited Zombie Gunship Revenant AR, ARise, Filmr, Follow Me Dragon, as breakout trend app of 2017.
Game apps, on the other hand, were dominated by Ludo King, 8 Ball Pool, Super Mario Run, Candy Crush Saga, Sniper 3D, and others.
Besides these apps that performed well through the year, App Store Editors have also picked their favorite apps of the year:
2017 iPhone App of the Year: Enlight Videoleap
2017 iPhone Game of the Year: Splitter Critters
2017 iPad App of the Year: Affinity Photo
2017 iPad Game of the Year: Old Man’s Journey
Finally,the top movie of the year was “Moana,” followed by “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Wonder Woman.” iTunes is leading the charge toward 4K HDR content, with most of the top charting movies already available in 4K HDR as well as classics and holiday favorites like the Harry Potter series, “Home Alone,” “Office Christmas Party” and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” In India, the top movie of the year have been bagged by last year’s Dear Zindagi followed by Sully and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (Hindi) and Raees.