Apple launches Best of iTunes 2012 charts

Apple today posted a comprehensive list of the top iTunes sellers in 2012, ranging from e-books and podcasts to television shows and movies to apps and songs. The charts representing the best iTunes content in 2012 list the top sellers for every iTunes category. Paid and free apps are listed separately, and then again for the iPhone and iPad. Go past the fold to see if your favorite apps made it on the list…

The full list is available via this iTunes link and covers Apple editors’ picks as well as the best-selling free and paid Mac and iOS apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Books and Podcasts.

As you can see for yourself, Apple’s iPhone App Of The Year is Action Movie FX, an awesome movie effects app from Bad Robot Interactive.

The program turns your iPhone into a bonafide action movie-maker, allowing you to add high-quality digital effects to your videos like explosions, car crashes and two dozen others.

As for the iPad App Of The Year, Apple chose Paper by FiftyThreee, a drawing and sketching software that many people think borrows a few clues from Microsoft’s never-released Courier tablet project.

The Disruptive Services category (one of many sub-categories available in the charts) lists several apps that have proved more than noteworthy, including Airbnb and Square Wallet.

Other picks include Mini Motor Racing for “Casual Games”, Ski Safari for “Fun Runners”, Lili for “New Ways To Play” and Clear to-do app for “Intuitive Touch”, to name a few.

Apple’s iPhone Game Of The Year is Rayman Jungle Run and iPad Game Of The Year is The Room. YouTube, Instagram, Draw Something Free, Flashlight and Facebook are the top free iPhone apps of 2012.

As for paid iPhone apps, the top five are Angry Birds Space, WhatsApp Messenger, Draw Something, Camera+ and Where’s My Water.

The iPhone maker also picked Amplified its Best New Technology podcast of the year. The talk show features John Gruber and is quite different from the previous edition starring Dan Benjamin who kept the show focused.

Top free/paid iPhone/iPad apps

Top Free iPhone Apps

1 YouTube by Google, Inc.
2 Instagram by Burbn, inc.
3 Draw Something Free by OMGPOP, Inc.
4 Flashlight byiHandy Inc.
5 Facebook by Facebook, Inc.
6 Pandora Radio by Pandora Media, Inc.
7 Temple Run by Imangi Studios, LLC
8 Pinterest by Pinterest, Inc.
9 Twitter by Twitter Inc.
10 Skype by Skype

Top Paid iPhone Apps

1 Angry Birds Space by Rovio Entertainment Ltd
2 WhatsApp Messenger by WhatsApp Inc.
3 Draw Something by OMGPOP, Inc.
4 Camera+ by tap tap tap LLC
5 Where’s My Water? by Walt Disney
6 Angry Birds Star Wars by Rovio Entertainment Ltd
7 Fruit Ninja by Halfbrick
8 Angry Birds by Rovio Entertainment Ltd
9 Bejeweled by PopCap
10 TETRIS by Electronic Arts Inc.

Top Free iPad Apps

1 Skype for iPad by Skype Communications S.a.r.l
2 Temple Run by Imangi Studios, LLC
3 Facebook by Facebook, Inc.
4 Netflix by Netflix, Inc.
5 The Weather Channel for iPad by The Weather Channel
6 Draw Something Free by OMGPOP, Inc.
7 Kindle – Read Books, eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers & Textbooks by AMZN
Mobile LLC
8 Pandora Radio by Pandora Media Inc.
9 Angry Birds HD Free by Rovio Entertainment
10 Calculator Pro for iPad Free by MYW Productions

Top Paid iPad Apps

1 Angry Birds Space HD by Rovio Entertainment Ltd
2 Where’s My Water? by Walt Disney
3 Pages by Apple Inc.
4 Draw Something by OMGPOP, Inc.
5 Notability – Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox & Google Drive
Sync by Ginger Labs, Inc.
6 Angry Birds Star Wars HD by Rovio Entertainment Ltd
7 iPhoto by Apple Inc.
8 Minecraft – Pocket Edition by Mojang AB
9 Where’s My Perry? by Walt Disney
10 Words With Friends HD by Zynga Mobile

The full list of all iTunes top sellers in 2012 is right below.

App Store

Editor’s Choice iPhone

• Action Movie FX
• Propellerhead
• Rayman Jungle Run
• Letterpress

Editor’s Choice iPad

• Paper by FiftyThree
• Action Movie FX
• The Room
• Waking Mars



• Best Artist: Frank Ocean
• Best Album: Shields by Grizzly Bear
• Best Song: We are Young by Fun. and Janelle Monae
• Breakthrough Album: The Lumineers


• Best Blockbuster: The Avengers
• Best Director: Wes Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom
• Best Discovery: Beasts of the Southern Wild
• Best Star-Making Performance: Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games

TV Shows

• Best Show: Breaking Bad
• Best Episode: Homeland – The Weekend
• Best Debut: Girls
• Best Cast: Happy Endings


• Best Novel: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
• Best Nonfiction: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
• Best Young Adult Novel: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
• Best Multi-Touch Book: Fashion by DK Publishing


• Best New Audio Podcast: TED Radio Hour
• Best Audio Podcast: The Adam Corolla Show
• Best New Video Podcast: MinutePhysics
• Best Video Podcast: Sesame Street

On the Mac side, the awesome journaling app Day One won the title of “2012 App of the Year”.

Apple writes:

Over the past year, the Mac App Store was packed with impressive new apps and games. Some were dazzling debuts, while others were existing apps updated to leverage new features in OS X Mountain Lion or to take advantage of the Retina display of the new MacBook Pro. Browse the apps and games we loved most in 2012.

Here’s your screenshot.

The Mac App Store Best of 2012 list is available right here.

Any favorite apps of yours Apple hasn’t picked?