Apple Names Their Choices For Best Apps And Games Of 2011 With iTunes Rewind

Apple Names Their Choices For Best Apps And Games Of 2011 With iTunes Rewind

Following their annual holiday tradition, Apple has just published iTunes Rewind 2011, their list of their own personal best apps and games across twenty-one categories. And as usual, there’s some surprising choices.

Perhaps most surprising is the choice of Tiny Tower as the iPhone Game of the Year, over other best sellers like Tiny Wings. Best iPad Game of the year is also a strange choice: Dead Space, which is a perfectly enjoyable game, but not quite as good (or as popular) as choices like Infinity Blade II. Sword and Sworcery was declared runner-up for best iPad game of the year.

For the apps category, no surprise, Instagram was voted Best iPhone app of the year, while Snapseed was declared the best iPad app of the year (djay and Jamie’s Recipes by Jamie Oliver came in second and third, respectively).

Finally, on the Mac App Store side of things, Pixelmator was declared the App of the Year, while Civilization V was voted game of the year.

Here is the complete list:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:
1. Angry Birds
2. Fruit Ninja
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. Cut the Rope
5. Tiny Wings
6. Angry Birds Rio
7. Words With Friends
8. Camera+
9. Doodle Jump
10. Plants vs. Zombies
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Top Free iPhone Apps:
1. Facebook
2. Pandora Radio
3. Words with Friends Free
4. Angry Birds Free
5. Skype
6. Netflix
7. Angry Birds Rio Free
8. Groupon
9. Fruit Ninja Lite
10. Twitter
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iPad Apps

Top Paid iPad Apps:
1. Angry Birds HD
2. Pages
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. GarageBand
5. Angry Birds Rio HD
6. Penultimate
7. Fruit Ninja HD
8. Cut the Rope HD
9. SCRABBLE for iPad
10. Keynote
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Top Free iPad Apps
1. Angry Birds HD Free
2. The Weather Channel for iPad
3. Netflix
4. CNN App for iPad
5. Angry Birds Rio HD Free
6. Kindle
7. Skype for iPad
8. Calculator for iPad Free
9. Pandora Radio
10. Calculator Pro for iPad Free

These are actually some pretty good choices, but obviously, there’s a lot of room for debate. Do you think Apple dropped the ball by not recognizing a particular app? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Stuart Philpott

    bbc news app is pretty nice. also tunein radio 

  • Shannon Fluellen

    Uh, flipboard???

  • Connor Mulcahey

    PULSE

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