Showcasing editorial selections and top-selling and most downloaded charts, Apple’s Best of 2016 highlights the talented artists, storytellers and developers who are entertaining Apple customers around the world.
On Apple Music, Drake dominates the top song and album spots with “One Dance” and Views, respectively. While the Hamilton soundtrack is also a top-selling album. The Chainsmokers have two of the top 10 songs this year. Although, music fans still can’t get enough of Adele’s 25, Rihanna’s ANTI, and Frank Ocean’s Blonde. The Beats 1 team will be counting down the biggest songs on the station in 2016 with a special Best of Beats 1 show on December 7. The Best of Beats 1 playlist will also be available on Apple Music and will feature Christine And The Queens, Kiiara, The 1975, Kanye West, Solange, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, and more.
App Store editors reveal their App of the Year picks for 2016. These include Prisma for iPhone, Sketchbook Motion for iPad, Twitter for Apple TV, MySwimPro for Apple Watch, and Bear for Mac. Game of the Year selections include Clash Royale for iPhone, Severed for iPad, Riptide GP: Renegade for Apple TV, Field Day for Apple Watch, and Life Is Strange for Mac.
Snapchat is the most downloaded free iPhone app. While the craze of the summer, Pokémon GO, unsurprisingly lands on both the iPhone and iPad charts. The top paid iPhone apps cover a range of categories. With FaceTune, Heads Up!, 7 Minute Workout Challenge, KIMOJI, Geometry Dash, and Face Swap Live among the top 10. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is the most downloaded paid iPad app, while YouTube is the top free iPad app.
On the South African App Store, the 10 best apps of the year are:
Podcasts hit an impressive milestone in 2016. Globally, Apple listeners consumed over 10 billion downloads and streams over the past 12 months via iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and desktop. Fresh Air from NPR is the top downloaded podcast of the year. Top editorial picks include groundbreaking shows like Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Atlanta. While longtime TV favorites Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Downton Abbey are top sellers.