March 27, 2012
[published originally on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2011]
In music Apple has chosen Adele as the artist of the year, for instance, and the Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light as the album of the year.
The top iPhone pick is the photo sharing tool Instagram, while the top iPad app is the photo editor Snapseed. Some examples of movie and TV show winners are The Tree of Life for best indie film, and Breaking Bad for best TV drama.
TEDTalks has taken best video podcast, and the best audio podcast is NPR’s Fresh Air. At the iBookstore, Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife has been selected as the top novel, with Michael Lewis’ Boomerang coming in for best nonfiction. A special “best enhanced book” spot has been given to Caroline Kennedy’s Jacqueline Kennedy, which integrates historic audio, photos, and video of the former First Lady.
Apple’s lists are not necessarily the bestsellers. The top-selling iPhone app was Angry Birds for example, and the leading book was Kathryn Stockett’s The Help.