As 2013 comes to a close, Apple has released its yearly ‘best-of’ list of iTunes content, setting forth what it believes are the best songs, movies, TV shows, books and apps of the last 12 months.
In the app category, this year’s list toppers are educational software Duolingo, which is designed to help users learn foreign languages, as well as popular indie game Ridiculous Fishing, alongside Disney’s Animated and Frogmind’s side-scroller Badland.
Separately, Apple crowned Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity as the Best Thriller, while the Steve Carell vehicle Despicable Me 2 won Best Kids and Family. The last season of Breaking Bad, featuring everyone’s favourite teacher-turned-drug-kingpin, is unsurprisingly ranked as the Best TV Series Finale.
Flume, was named best musical performer, while the folks from Cupertino picked Lorde as the breakthrough artist of the year and her album Pure Heroine as best album. Finally, Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites was chosen as the book of the year and Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret was the best Australian book.
Notably, the lists differ from country to country, with each store featuring its own set of winners based on the individual performance of each local market.
The Australian winners were:
Album of the Year – Lorde, Pure Heroine
Song of the Year – ‘Get Lucky’, Daft Punk
Australian Artist – Flume
Breakthrough Artist – Lorde, Pure Heroine
Best Thriller – Gravity, Alfonso Cuardon
Best Independent – Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen
Best Romance – Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
Best Kids & Family – Despicable Me 2, Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud
Best Debut – House of Cards, Season 1
Best Series Finale – Breaking Bad, The Final Season
Best Mini-Series – Top of the Lake, Season 1
Best Breakthrough – Scandal, Season 2
iPhone App of the Year – Duolingo Learn Languages for Free, Duolingo
iPhone Game of the Year – Ridiculous Fishing A Tale of Redemption, Vlambeer
iPad App of the Year – Disney Animated, Disney
iPad Game of the Year – Badland, Frogmind
Book of the Year – Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
Best Australian Book – The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
Best Non-Fiction – Murder in Mississippi, John Safran
Best Breakout Book – Saving Wishes, GJ Walker-Smith
Best Classic Audio Podcast – TOFOP, Will Anderson and Charlie Clausen
Best Classic Video Podcast – Good Game, ABC TV
Best New Audio Podcast – Welcome to Night Vale, Commonplace Books
Best New Video Podcast – BrainStuff, TestTube