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Apple's Best of the iTunes Store 2014: 'Elevate' and 'Pixelmator' Win Top App Honors

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Apple today released the 2014 version of its iTunes Store awards, which highlights the best music, movies, TV shows, apps, books and podcasts of the year.

Here are some of the top-level winners for 2014:

Apps:
iPhone App of the Year: Elevate - Brain Training
iPhone Game of the Year: Threes!
iPad App of the Year: Pixelmator
iPad Game of the Year: Monument Valley

Music:
Best Artist: Beyoncé
Best Album: 1989 by Taylor Swift
Best Song: Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) by Iggy Azalea
Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Movies:
Best Blockbuster: Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Family Movie: The LEGO Movie
Best Director: Richard Linklater
Best Discovery: Obvious Child

TV Shows:
TV Show of the Year: Fargo
Best Performances: True Detective, Season 1
Best Discovery: The Honorable Woman
Best Breakthrough: Key & Peele, Volume 4

Books:
Best Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Best Nonfiction: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

Apple has also given its end of the year charts for the most downloaded and top grossing iPhone and iPad apps. For the iPhone, Heads Up!, Facebook Messenger, and Clash of Clans finished as the top paid, top free, and top grossing app, respectively. For the iPad, Minecraft - Pocket Edition, YouTube, and Clash of Clans finished as the top paid, top free, and top grossing app, respectively.

As customary for its end of the year listings, Apple has also highlighted various games and apps from a wide variety of categories. The company is also featuring content across the various genres and categories for each content type.

A list of previous winners are also available here: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009


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22 months ago
Seems to be a mistake

Music:
Best Artist: Beyoncé
Best Album: 1989 by Taylor Swift
Best Song: Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) by Iggy Azalea
Best New Artist: Sam Smith


I'll correct for you

Music:
Best Artist: U2
Best Album: U2
Best Song: U2
Best New Artist: U2

Rating: 10 Votes
22 months ago
Taylor Swift? Iggy Azalea?

Seriously Apple? This isn't music...
Rating: 7 Votes
22 months ago
Is Apple going to do the 12 days of Christmas app again?

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Beyonce and TS? They must mean most sold...which does not mean the best.


But they are the best for somebody.

I so hate this new wave of corporate manufactured 'music'. It's just Milli Vanilli with a thicker coat of paint.
Rating: 6 Votes
22 months ago
Beyonce and TS? They must mean most sold...which does not mean the best.
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago
What about Mac App Store too?

What about Mac App Store too?



*cough*Affinity Designer is runner up*cough* and the winner is Notability.

For Mac games the winner is Tomb Raider and the runner up is Transistor.

For transparency please note I work with the Serif team that makes Affinity Designer :).
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago
Monument Valley is spot on. Fargo? Not my cup of tea. True Detective and The Honorable Woman would have been much better choices, i believe.
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago
Who is playing Clash of Clans???
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago

Who is playing Clash of Clans???


I play this game. Really don't have time to play much of anything these days and this is perfect for me. It take a week or more to build something. I can check in once a day and done. What does amaze me is all the impatient folk that spend money to speed up the building. Clearly the developers have figured out how to separate the fools from their money.

A year and a half ago, when I joined, I spent 10 bucks to get me going. But now the slow pace actually fits just right.
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago

If you guys were serious AND I think you are, you would get together with Pixelmator and be the Illustrator to their Photoshop. If Pixelmator could roundtrip through Aperture/Photo (it already mostly can), this would move towards being a CS killer.


Looking forward to further releases from Serif. I heard you have a raster graphics application in the works. Is that correct? When can we expect that to hit the shelves?


Yes Serif does have Affinity Photo in the works, it'll be a free public beta before too long and will likely hit the metaphorical shelves sometimes in H1 2015. I've seen an early alpha build and it's pretty hot, I look forward to you all being able to download it and give it a run.

In H2 2015 Affinity Publisher will enter beta too. Where this all gets much better than hooking up with another company is that the Affinity file format will be common across all Affinity apps, so a Designer file can be sent to Photo for further editing, then to Publisher etc, and the undo history will work across apps and sessions. A real suite, not a disjointed collection of overpriced apps developed in isolation with jarring behaviors.

The betas will be public and there will be trial versions like there already is for Affinity Designer. It's early days for the Affinity range but the plans are ambitious. The devs have had proof of concept code running on an iDevice so will be looking at extending the platforms as the suite evolves. Thanks for the questions and comments, I hope you like how 2015 unfolds in this space!
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago

Affinity needs to focus on what they do best. What they do best is vector based graphics.


There's lots happening; Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher are already part-written and on a common code base with Affinity Designer. When the suite is complete the apps will share around 80% of their code and this will be one of the suite's strengths. Serif has already been making graphics, image editing and desktop publishing software for decades so hopefully you will soon see that Affinity Designer is only the start of the new era, not a single competency.

Thanks again for the kind comments and support you're all showing the team!
Rating: 2 Votes

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