iTunes Rewind 2011: Apple announces the best-selling apps, movies and music

iTunes Rewind

Apple has announced its annual 'Rewind' charts for the best-selling apps, music, movies and TV programme of the year.

Adele's 21 album was the biggest-selling iTunes album, followed by Rihanna's Loud, Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Ed Sheeran's + and Chase and Status' No Idols.

The top films include sales and rentals, and mixed releases from 2011 with 2010. Inception topped the chart, followed by Paul, Limitless, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Social Network.

The Inbetweeners was the best-selling TV series, followed by Downton Abbey, Top Gear and Fawlty Towers, showing the enduring appeal of classic content in the digital domain.

When it comes to buying individual episodes, it seems we prefer an easier watch, with comedy such as Come Fly With Me, South Park and Family Guy dominating the top 10.

Apps are divided in to three categories: paid, free and grossing. Games – notably Tap Zoo and Angry Birds – dominated, though TuneIn Radio Pro, Facebook, Twitter and the BBC News app all figured on the lists.

Head to the iTunes Store and click on Rewind 2011 to see the lists in full, plus Apple's own favourite content, which included photography app Instagram as best app, Frozen Planet as best HD programme and Senna as best documentary.

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).