iTunes reveals the best content of 2013
Apple has revealed the lists of the best and most popular music, movies, TV shows, apps and books on iTunes and the App Store.
Apple has recognised a number of quality offerings along with listing the top sellers in all of these categories.
Starting with movies, iTunes has awarded Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as the best thriller while Blue Jasmine starring Australia’s Cate Blanchett was voted the best independent film.
The top selling movies were:
1 Pitch Perfect
4. Wreck-It Ralph
5. Madagascar 3
On the music side it was an all-conquering year for Lorde who took out iTunes Album of the Year with Pure Heroine with Song of the Year going to Daft Punk with Get Lucky. The Best Australian Album went to self-titled album from Flume.
The top selling albums were:
1. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
2. The Heist (Deluxe Edition) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
3. Flume – Flume
4. All the Little Lights – Passenger
5. Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
The top selling songs were:
1. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
2. Let Her Go – Passenger
3. Wake Me Up – Avici
4. Roar – Katy Perry
5. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Moving on to TV Shows Best Debut was awarded to political series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey while Breaking Bad took out Best Series Finale.
The top selling TV shows were:
1. Game of Thrones: Season 3
2. Game of Thrones: Season 2
3. Game of Thrones: Season 1
4. Breaking Bad: The Final Season
5. House of Cards: Season 1
Turning to apps, it was another huge year for the developer community with language learning app Duolingo named App of the Year. Game of the Year went to Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption.
Australian-made app Epoch 2 – a third person shooter game – was named as a runner up in the Game App category.
The top paid apps were:
1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition
2. Heads Up!
3. Angry Birds Star Wars
4. Bloons TD 5
5 Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
The top free apps were:
1. Candy Crush Saga
2. 4 Pics 1 Word
5. Google Maps
Apple’s iBook Store was a popular destination for iPhone and iPad owners to download their books.
Apple awarded Book of the Year to first time Australian author Hannah Kent for her novel Burial Rites. Best Australian Book went to The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.
The top fiction books:
1. Inferno – Dan Brown
2. Entwined with You – Sylvia Day
3. Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James
4. A Game of Thrones – George RR Martin
5. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Top non-fiction books were:
1. The Fast Diet – Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer
2. Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced Into The Sex Trade – Sophie Hayes
3. I Quit Sugar – Sarah Wilson
4. Snowing in Bali – Kathryn Bonella
5. The Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort