Apple reveals the most popular apps, movies and music of 2017

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Roughly a week after Google revealed the Android Play Store's top apps of the year, Apple has done the same, showcasing which of this year's most popular apps, music, movies, podcasts, and books have topped iOS users' lists in 2017. The App Store team noted four rising trends for 2017, including the introduction of augmented reality apps with iOS 11, a rise of real-time competitive gaming, and an increased focus on mental health and mindfulness as well as storytelling and reading.

Meditation, photo editing, and puzzles were the themes of the best apps of the year as determined by Apple employees.

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The app is called Calm, and it's been out since 2012, amassing 14 million downloads and 40,000 new users daily.

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And to nobody's surprise, the top television show in the world is also the top television show on iTunes: Game of Thrones.

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For Apple Music, the most popular album was Drake's More Life and Ed Sheeran snagged the most popular song with Shape of You. The app also includes features such as keyframe animations, chroma key compositing, and unlimited undo/redo.

Taylor Swift's album "reputation" has already shot up to number three on the 2017 US top album charts, despite having only been available for a short period of time.

For movies, the top film was Moana followed by the Stars Was instalment Rogue One.