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

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

"Huawei's consumer mobile services in Africa will include an app store for locally-developed games, music, movies, books, and other content", the company said.

Rather interestingly, the game of the year choices for iPhone and iPad are not freemium titles.

WhatsApp Messenger was also revealed as the most downloaded free app by iPhone users, ahead of Snapchat and Instagram.

Snapchat's 2016 crown was snatched from them, but only just, by the popular Bitmooji app, which is owned by Snap. The most popular AR apps downloaded on the App Store include Zombie Gunship Revenant AR, Arise, Filmr, Follow Me Dragon, Magicplan, My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR and Thomas & Friends Minis. Over on the iPad, photo editing suite Affinity Photo was picked as the app of the year and 3D puzzler The Witness came out on top in the game of the year category.

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But you're unlikely to guess the names of the 2017 iPhone and iPad App of the Year award recipients without cheating. Apple also noted trends in iTunes U educational content, with computer science being a huge area of interest, with a strong focus on developing apps with Swift.

Drake's More Life was the No. 1 album of the year, Apple said, while Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" was the most listened-to song. Taylor Swift's latest album, Reputation, has already reached the third spot on the 2017 U.S. top album charts despite having just launched on November 10.

A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman were 2017's top three films in both iTunes and the Play Store. Game of Thrones unsurprisingly dominated in the TV realm, with NPR's Fresh Air topping podcast charts. If you've been keeping up with the App Store regularly throughout 2017, numerous top apps and games should look familiar to you, but there are some surprises as well.


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