Apple Reveals 2017's Most Popular Apps, Music, Movies, and More

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Apple on Thursday published its annual Best of 2017 list, highlighting the year's top apps, games, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books and more as determined by Apple employees. The Witness is a puzzle game available at $9.99 for both the iPad and iPhone.

The Splitter Critters game - developed by Vancouver-based RAC7 Games - offers users the ability to split the world with a swipe of your finger and then rearrange it to guide critters back to their spaceship. Affinity Photo is also a paid-up front app although Calm is free with an optional subscription.

Meanwhile, Super Mario Run was the top free iPhone game of 2017, followed by 8 Ball Pool, Snake VS Block, Ballz, Word Cookies!, Subway Surfers, Episode ft. The Witness was also selected as Game of the Year on the Mac App Store, where Aurora HDR 2018 won in the app category.

The top free iPhone apps of the year included lots of usual suspects: Bitmoji, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Facebook, Google Maps, Netflix, Spotify, and Uber. Apple has credited Zombie Gunship Revenant AR, ARise, Filmr, Follow Me Dragon, as breakout trend app of 2017. NPR's "Fresh Air" remained in the top podcast spot for 2017, with Apple noting that daily news podcasts like New York Times' "The Daily" and NPR's "UP First" also made the charts, along with true crime podcasts being popular with listeners. The $2.99 game features a new augmented-reality mode.

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In music, two names reign supreme with Drake's More Life and Ed Sheeran's Shape of You taking the awards for top album and top song, respectively. Taylor's Swift album Reputation is already the number 3 best-selling album for 2017, despite debuting only a few weeks ago.

Drama is the genre dominating the iTunes TV charts this year, with favourites like "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" topping the year.

You can check out the full list of Apple's top apps and more over at iTunes.

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