UPDATE December 7, 2017

Apple reveals 2017’s most popular apps, music, movies and more

Ed Sheeran, “Moana,” and “Big Little Lies” Among Most Popular Entertainment Choices

Apple has unveiled its 2017 charts and trends, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts.
Editors and curators from Apple Music, App Store and iTunes highlight great content from indie artists and developers from around the globe.


Drake continues his music dominance, with “More Life” among the top album charts.
On Apple Music, Ed Sheeran tops album of the year with “÷,” while his “Shape of You” track gets top song honours. Taylor Swift’s album “Reputation” has already shot up to #5 on the 2017 Canadian top album charts, despite having only been available for a short period of time. Apple Music Up Next 2017 artists Khalid, Daniel Caesar and 6LACK all earned GRAMMY nominations as part of their success this year.
Zane Lowe, Beats 1 creative director and host, covers the Apple Music trends of 2017.


App Store editors identify four breakout trends in app culture for 2017: the introduction of AR (augmented reality) apps and games, the rise of real-time competitive gaming, apps focused on mental health and mindfulness and apps transforming storytelling and reading.
Editorial App and Game of the Year Selections
2017 iPhone App of the Year: Enlight Videoleap
2017 iPhone Game of the Year: Splitter Critters
2017 iPad App of the Year: Affinity Photo
2017 iPad Game of the Year: Old Man’s Journey
App Charts
iPhone users running iOS 11 will view iPhone charts below; iPad users running iOS 11 will view iPad charts.

iTunes Movies

“Moana” was this year’s most watched movie.
The top movie of the year was “Moana,” followed by “Wonder Woman” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” iTunes is leading the charge toward 4K HDR content, with most of the top charting movies already available in 4K HDR as well as classics and holiday favourites like the Harry Potter series, “Home Alone,” “Office Christmas Party” and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

iTunes TV

“Game of Thrones” was the best-selling TV Show on iTunes.
Drama is the genre dominating the iTunes TV charts this year, with favourites like “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” topping the year. New series driving the charts this year were HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” PBS’s “Victoria” and USA Network’s “Suits.”

Apple Podcasts

“The Joe Rogan Experience” remains the most downloaded podcast of the year. Daily news has proven a popular genre, with new podcasts this year like “The Daily” from the New York Times and “The Current” from CBC charting in the most downloaded podcasts of the year. True crime continues to drive listenership with top shows like “Serial,” “Dirty John” and “S-Town.”


“The Handmaid’s Tale,” also adapted into a TV show this year, was a best-selling book.
This year’s iBooks fiction charts were filled with titles adapted into TV shows including “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies,” as well as “feel-good” fiction such as “Before We Were Yours.” “Hillbilly Elegy” topped the nonfiction charts, leading a wave of titles on current events and politics.

iTunes U

It’s never been easier to learn something new.
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. Popular courses this year covered the breadth of human curiosity, from the language of music to human emotions to personal finance to machine learning.

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