iTunes Best of 2014 Awards Announced, and the Winner Is…

by Jacob Kleinman | December 8, 2014

Apple’s “iTunes Best of” awards have become an annual tradition at this point, giving the company a chance to highlight its favorite apps, songs and movies of the year. Well, the results are in, so here’s the best of what iTunes had to offer for 2014.

When it comes to mobile, Apple offers separate awards for the best iPhone and iPad apps. On your tablet, the app of the year is popular photo editor Pixelmator, which recently made the jump from Mac, while Monument Valley won iPad game of the year. Meanwhile, the iPhone app of the year is brain-training service Elevate, while Threes! took the crown for best iPhone game.

Apple goes on to offer the best movies, TV, music, podcasts and books for 2014 based on iTunes sales and its own personal preferences. Here’s how the rest of the 2014 awards break down:

Music

  • Best Artist: Beyonce
  • Best Album: “1989” – Taylor Swift
  • Best Song: “Fancy” (feat. Charli XCX) – Iggy Azalea
  • Best New Artist: Sam Smith, “In the Lonely Hour” (Deluxe Version)

Movies

  • Best Blockbuster: “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • Best Family Movie: “The LEGO Movie”
  • Best Director: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
  • Best Discovery: “Obvious Child”

Television

  • TV Show of the Year: “Fargo”
  • Best Performances: “True Detective”
  • Best Discovery: “The Honorable Woman”
  • Best Breakthrough: “Key & Peele”

Podcasts

  • Best Classic Podcast: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
  • Best New Podcast: Serial

Books

  • Favorite Fiction: “All the Light We Cannot See” – Anthony Doerr
  • Favorite Nonfiction: “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” – Jeff Hobbs
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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...