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iTunes Best of 2012: the top music, movies, TV shows, apps and books of the year


itunesrewindthumbiTunes Best Of 2012 – the most downloaded music, movies, TV shows, books and apps for the year – has just been revealed with some interesting results.

Apple’s iTunes is a one-stop shop for all of our content and has not only revealed the top selling and most popular choices across a broad range of categories but also the editors’ choices.

Kicking off with music, the top selling single was Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy Call Me Maybe followed by Australia’s Guy Sebastian with Battle Scars who managed to edge out Gangnam Style by Korea popstar Psy into third place.

The editor’s choices for music included Channel Orange by Frank Ocean as the album of the year with The Rubens self-titled album awarded Australian album of the year.

In the movies category, The Hunger Games was the most downloaded film followed The Avengers and The Help.

Carly Rae Jepsen topped the charts with her catchy song Call Me Maybe

Australian production The Sapphires was awarded the editor’s choice as the best homegrown movie.

Game of Thrones Season 2 topped the iTunes charts in the TV Shows section followed by Game of Thrones Season 1 and Breaking Bad Season 1.

Breaking Bad Season 5 was the editor’s pick as best show and Girls Season 1 as the best debut.

The Hunger Games was the most popular movie on iTunes in 2012

In the popular Apps category, the WhatsApp Messenger – the cross platform smartphone messenger – was the most popular paid app in 2012 and Draw Something Free was the most downloaded free app.

Action Movie FX was awarded the iPhone App of the Year by the editors with Rayman Jungle Run winning game of the year.

On the iPad the most popular paid app was Apple’s very own Pages while Skype was the leading free app.

In the iTunes books section the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E L James was the first, second and third top selling books of 2012.

Action Movie FX was judged by iTunes editors to be the app of the year

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman was recognised as the book of the year by the editors with Lost Voices by Christopher Koch getting the nod as the best Australian novel.

In the non-fiction section Ellen Degeneres topped the charts with her book Seriously …. I’m Kidding with the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson coming into second place despite being first published in 2011.

iTunes Rewind 2012 can be viewed here.

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