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What was hot in the iTunes Store and App Store during 2011? Some of the answers may surprise you.

The gnomes at Apple Australia have put their heads together to pick the best of 2011 and to report the best sellers. As is often the case, the two aren't in complete alignment - if they were, what would be thew point of having two lists?

Music

Album of the Year : Adele 21
Australian Album of the Year: Gotye Making Mirrors
Song of the Year: Gotye Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Boy & Bear Moonfire (Deluxe Edition)

While 21 and Making Mirrors were the number one and two albums for the year, the biggest selling individual song - LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem - didn't get a look-in. Somebody That I Used to Know took the number two spot.

Apps

What? You thought Angry Birds was the game of the year? It was the top seller, but was overlooked by the gnomes. Their picks:

iPhone App of the Year : Instagram
iPhone Game of the Year : Tiny Wings
iPad App of the Year: Snapseed
iPad Game of the Year: Real Racing 2HD

What did we spend our money on? Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Angry Birds Seasons. Instragram was number 15 on the free apps chart, which was led by Facebook, Viber, and Words With Friends Free (just ask Alec Balwin, though he could probably afford the paid version).

Please read on for the remaining categories.

 

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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