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Apple reveals 2017’s most popular apps, music, movies and more

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Apple unveiled its charts ranking the most popular movies, TV shows, music, apps, books and podcasts in the U.S. for 2017 — with both new and familiar faces in the world of media and entertainment.

The No. 1 movie of the year on Apple’s iTunes was Disney’s “Moana,” followed by Disney/Lucafilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman.”

In TV, perennial favorites HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” were the top three programs. New series charting in 2017 included HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” PBS’s “Victoria” and FX’s “The Americans.”

On Apple Music, Drake had the No. 1 album of the year with “More Life,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” scored the most-downloaded song. Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” has already rocketed to No. 3 on the 2017 top album ranking since its Nov. 10 release.

Among free iPhone apps, Snap’s Bitmoji and Snapchat were the two top downloads for 2017, followed by YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Facebook, Google Maps, Netflix, Spotify and Uber. Nintendo’s “Super Mario Run” was the No. 1 free game for iPhone, followed by “8 Ball Pool” and “Snake VS Block.”

Top paid iPhone apps were Facetune and Tabs & Chords, while most-downloaded paid iPhone games were Ellen DeGeneres’ “Heads Up!”, Microsoft’s “Minecraft” and Ninja Kiwi’s “Bloons TD 5.”

Apple also announced the App Store editors’ picks of their favorite apps of 2017. Calm, which provides guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, was named iPhone app of the year and Splitter Critters won iPhone game honors. For iPad, Affinity Photo was named app of the year and The Witness was dubbed best game.

In podcasts, NPR’s “Fresh Air” remained the No. 1 most-downloaded show of the year, while daily news has become a popular category with new podcasts this year like the New York Times’ “The Daily and NPR’s “Up First” charting. True crime continued to drive listenership with top podcasts like ABC News’ “A Murder on Orchard Street,” the L.A. Times’ “Dirty John” and Serial Productions’ “S-Town.”

The top-downloaded iBooks in fiction were John Grisham’s “Camino Island” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” originally published in 1985 — newly popular thanks in part to Hulu’s Emmy-winning TV series adaptation. J.D. Vance’s working-class American family memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” was No. 1 on Apple’s nonfiction books chart, followed by Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.”

Top iTunes Movies for 2017 (U.S.)
1. “Moana”
2. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
3. “Wonder Woman”
4. “Sing”
5. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
6. “Trolls”
7. “Doctor Strange”
8. “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
9. “Arrival”
10. “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
11. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
12. “Logan”
13. “The Boss Baby”
14. “The Lego Batman Movie”
15. “Hacksaw Ridge”
16. “The Accountant”
17. “John Wick: Chapter 2”
18. “Hidden Figures”
19. “Baby Driver”
20. “Passengers”

Top iTunes TV Shows (U.S.)
1. “Game of Thrones”
2. “The Walking Dead”
3. “The Big Bang Theory”
4. “Rick and Morty”
5. “The Americans”
6. “Suits”
7. “PAW Patrol”
8. “This Is Us”
9. “Modern Family”
10. “Grey’s Anatomy”
11. “Better Call Saul”
12. “Sherlock”
13. “Scandal”
14. “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
15. “Big Little Lies”
16. “Doctor Who”
17. “Planet Earth II”
18. “Homeland”
19. “The Flash”
20. “The Blacklist”

Top Albums (U.S.)
1. Drake, “More Life”
2. Kendrick Lamar, “Damn”
3. Taylor Swift, “Reputation”
4. Ed Sheeran, “÷ (Divide)”
5. The Weeknd, “Starboy”
6. J. Cole, “4 Your Eyez Only”
7. Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
8. Migos, “Culture”
9. Future, “Future”
10. Various Artists, “Moana”
11. Post Malone, “Stoney”
12. Original Broadway Cast of “Hamilton,” “Hamilton”
13. Various Artists, “Trolls”
14. Drake, “Views”
15. Big Sean, “I Decided”
16. Travis Scott, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”
17. Jay-Z, “4:44”
18. Future, “Hndrxx”
19. Khalid, “American Teen”
20. Chris Stapleton, “From A Room: Volume 1”

Top Songs (U.S.)
1. Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito” (feat. Justin Bieber)
3. Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
4. Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
5. Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
6. Migos, “Bad and Boujee” (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
7. Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
8. DJ Khaled, “I’m the One” (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)
9. Post Malone, “Congratulations” (feat. Quavo)
10. Rae Sremmurd, “Black Beatles” (feat. Gucci Mane)
11. Zayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
12. The Weeknd, “Starboy” (feat. Daft Punk)
13. Drake, “Fake Love”
14. James Arthur, “Say You Won’t Let Go”
15. Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
16. Future, “Mask Off”
17. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
18. Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour Llif3”
19. Kyle, “iSpy” (feat. Lil Yachty)
20. The Chainsmokers, “Closer” (feat. Halsey)

Source from http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/apple-2017-charts-top-movies-tv-shows-music-apps-1202632655/

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Taylor Swift album ‘reputation’ lands on Spotify and Apple Music

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Three weeks after hitting iTunes, Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation is starting to roll out on Apple Music and Spotify.

Fans first spotted the record on the sites in Australia and the Phillipines, and it is now available to stream in the UK.

Previously the pop star’s sixth album was only available as a digital download or as a physical copy. Swift announced via her Instagram that it would be available on all streaming services from midnight on 1 December.

Despite the decision to temporarily keep it off streaming services, reputation quickly became the biggest first-week sales of 2017, shifting more than 1.2 million copies in the US.

The move is a less drastic version of the one made by Adele‘s team when she released her album 25, which was not available on streaming services until seven months after its initial release.

Swift’s album was recently listed on The Independent‘s top 30 of the year. It was praised for producer Jack Antonoff’s work, along with Swift’s songwriting skills and “one of [her] greatest talents… to encapsulate those small moments, often in a new relationship, that you as a listener cannot”.

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Apple Music’s Major Lazer documentary is streaming now

A new music documentary begins streaming today on Apple Music. Give Me Future chronicles Major Lazer’s 2016 concert in Havana, Cuba — the first to be put on by major American artists since the US restored diplomatic ties to the country in 2015. The group, made up of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, performed for 400,000 people in the country’s capital, the planning for which and the performance were documented by director Austin Peters.

Give Me Future adds to Apple’s growing stock of exclusive music-focused documentaries, which include features on artists like Taylor Swift, Pink, Harry Styles and Niall Horan. It has also released films on producer Clive Davis, the Cash Money record label, songwriter Bert Berns and the history of the iconic 808 drum machine.

Along with the film, which made its premiere at Sundance, Apple is also releasing a companion album featuring music from Major Lazer and each of its artists, Cuban artists that appear in the documentary and others including Herizen Guardiola and Sean Paul. The album, Major Lazer Presents: Give Me Future – Music From and Inspired by the Film, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, iTunes, Soundcloud and Google Play. Give Me Future is available to Apple Music subscribers today — you can check out the trailer below and stream it here.

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Ahead Of Tomorrow’s iPhone 8 Announcement, Apple Music Finally Gains Traction With iOS Users

September 12 is expected to bring us the latest iPhone; for those of us who use them it is difficult to recall a time without one. While the iPhone celebrates its tenth birthday in style, Apple Music is making strides among iOS users. Apple Music is the most popular paid music subscription service among iOS users.

During the first six months of 2017, one in five iOS users listened to Apple Music (21 percent), up from 13 percent in the first six months of 2016. Apple Music edged out Spotify Premium for the title of most used, although both saw significant listener gains in 2017. Both services are benefitting from the overall growth in paid music subscribers in the US.

Spotify Premium still dominates the chart for share of listening among iOS users. Spotify users on the iOS platform spend 40 percent more time listening to music. Apple Music comes in a respectable second.

More iOS users are listening to Apple Music, but engagement with Spotify Premium is stronger. Apple Music has an opportunity to improve usage those new listeners, and surely the new iPhone will help.

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Apple Music polishes its appeal with Carpool Karaoke series

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Want to hear Alicia Keys serenading a woman at a launderette? That and other scenarios are some of the reasons Apple hopes viewers will pay for Apple Music as it launches new show Carpool Karaoke: The Series.

It hopes that a recognisable show and slew of A-list celebrities will help the world’s largest technology company stand out in a saturated television market.

Carpool Karaoke is based on the popular segment from CBS’ The Late, Late Show With James Corden, in which the talk-show host joins guests such as Adele in sing-a-longs while driving.

Apple Music costs US$9.99 (S$13.60) a month for an individual membership and has 27 million subscribers.

Corden, who appears in some episodes of Carpool Karaoke, said partnering the technology company was a “no-brainer”. The series offered a chance to include celebrities whom he said had asked to do the segment on The Late, Late Show.

Source from http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/apple-music-polishes-its-appeal-with-carpool-karaoke-series

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Spotify now twice as big as Apple Music

According to Spotify, it now has over 60 million paying users. Compared to its biggest competition, that’s double Apples Music’s 27 million subscribers.

Spotify updated its subscriber information today with the new number. It’s impressively increased by 10 million over the 50 million subs the company announced in March.

Last month Spotify claimed it had 140 million total users, which includes active users of the freemium plan. Apple Music doesn’t have a comparable free tier, so, any way you cut it, Spotify is still outnumbering the iTunes replacement by a lot of subscribers.

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Apple Music Now Has Playlists That Feature Songs Played On Fender Guitars

If you play the guitar, there’s a very good chance that you might have heard (or even own) of Fender guitars. For the uninitiated, Fender is a guitar manufacturer that has been around for decades, with their guitars finding their way into the hands of many legendary musicians across a variety of genres.

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This is because Fender guitars have a very unique sound to them that many guitar players seem to love, and if you agree to that statement, you might be interested to learn that Fender and Apple have teamed up for specially curated Apple Music playlists, where these playlists will feature songs that were performed using Fender guitars.

There will be five playlists to choose from with each playlist featuring a different genre. According to Fender CMO Evan Jones, “We’re pleased to partner with Apple, to bring a Fender-curated music experience to long-time Fender fans and those just discovering the brand. These five new playlists honor a diverse range of iconic artists and visionaries, and an emerging generation of artists, who are driving guitar and music forward.”

So if you are trying to decide on which brand of guitar to buy, perhaps these playlists might give you a better idea on the kind of music and sound that you might be able to coax out of a Fender guitar.

Source from http://www.ubergizmo.com/2017/07/apple-music-playlists-fender-guitars/

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