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Apple release the top 20 downloaded apps of 2017

08 December 2017

'Tis the season to celebrate the year's top performers on Apple's iOS App Store and iTunes after already seeing Google hand out its awards for best 2017 Android apps and games, as well as the most popular Play Music, Books, Movies and TV titles.

Apple's editors also announced their picks for the best apps of the year.

Apple also highlighted four breakout trends in app culture for 2017: the wider introduction of augmented reality in apps and games, the rise of real-time competitive gaming on mobile devices, apps focused on mental health awareness and bettering, and apps transforming storytelling and reading. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck rears its head in the non-fiction chart, after failing to beat Hillbilly Elegy to the number one spot - though Subtle Art did get to the top of the audiobook chart.

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Super Mario Run tops the most downloaded games chart, followed by 8 Ball Pool, Snake VS Block, Ballz, Word Cookies and Subway Surfers.

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.

Daily news has proven a popular genre, with new podcasts this year like "The Daily" from the New York Times and "Up First" from NPR charting in the most downloaded podcasts of the year. The Witness was also selected as Game of the Year on the Mac App Store, where Aurora HDR 2018 won in the app category.

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For Apple Music, the most popular album was Drake's More Life and Ed Sheeran snagged the most popular song with Shape of You. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory and Rick and Morty topped the iTunes TV charts this year.

Computer science was a huge area of interest in 2017, with the top three courses on iTunes U focusing on learning to code and developing apps with Swift.

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Apple release the top 20 downloaded apps of 2017