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Apple outs GTA, Minecraft and Beyonce as iTunes 'Best of 2013'

Appy days are here again
Tue Dec 17 2013, 10:57

GADGET DESIGN HOUSE Apple has revealed its list of big hitters at its iTunes store in the last year, giving nods to the games Grand Theft Auto, Candy Crush and Minecraft.

The firm has listed its top downloaded free and paid apps, and found that most of them are games. Some alternatives are there, for example, Instagram, a Skype client, and an alarm clock, but in the main it is mostly about games like Tetris, games where you have to run away from others, and games where you have to run up to someone and hit or shoot them.

Among the big sellers are Despicable Me: Minion Rush, Candy Crush, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

The top paid app on both iPhones and iPads is the pocket edition of the blocktastic Minecraft game. The top free app on the iPhone and iPad is Candy Crush Saga. The free Candy Crush is also the number one downloaded iPhone and iPad App of 2013.

Meanwhile, Beyonce has released an album exclusively through iTunes and rewritten the record books on how many copies the Apple store can sell.

Beyonce, who you might remember from songs like Run the World and some others, surprised people that care about her career at the end of last week when she popped up with another album and a golden handshake from the Cupertino gadget designer.

The album went on sale on Friday and by Monday Apple was flinging out press releases about it with wild abandon. In a statement the firm said that the eponymously titled album moved 828,773 copies in its first three days.

The album, called Beyonce in case you hadn't worked that out, has done well around the world and Apple claimed it is number one in 104 countries.

The album is Beyonce's fifth and is a mix of songs and sassy videos. Apple called it a "visual album", saying that it is infused with 14 new songs and 17 "visually stunning provocative videos". We've seen a clip of one, it seems to be the young mother dancing sexy style in front of her cigar smoking husband.

While it has been a global hit, the album has done particularly well in the US, and there it has been awarded a gong for fast selling records with 617,213 sold very quickly.

Social network Twitter has released an interactive graph of the spread of the viral Beyonce aural and visual experience. Mongolia looks slow to wake up to the appeal of the album by the booty shaking chanteuse, as does China. µ


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