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Angry Birds Big Winner in Year's Top iTunes Downloads

Dec. 8, 2011


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And the winners are: ADELE, Angry Birds, "The Walking Dead," "Doctor Who," "The Social Network," "The Help," Facebook, and, of course "Steve Jobs."

Each came in No. 1 in their respective categories music, apps, TV shows, movies and books of top downloads from Apple iTunes.

The overall top winner of item downloads Goes to Angry Birds and all its variations. It came in No. 1 in paid iPhone apps. Angry Birds HD came in No. 1 in the paid iPad apps. Other versions placed in eight slots both in paid and free iPhone and iPad apps top 10 downloads.

Other No. 1 slots went to "Rolling in the Deep" by ADELE for songs, "21" by ADELE for albums, Facebook for free iPhone apps, "The Walking Dead" ("What Lies Ahead") for TV episodes, "Doctor Who" for top-selling seasons, "The Social Network" for movies (sales and rental), "The Help" for fiction books, and, last but not least for Apple, "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson for nonfiction books.

The full list of the 10 top downloads for 2011, courtesy of Apple:

Top-Selling Songs
1. "Rolling in the Deep," ADELE
2. "Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)," LMFAO
3. "Firework," Katy Perry
4. "Grenade," Bruno Mars
5. "Forget You," Cee-Lo Green
6. "Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer)," Pitbull
7. "E.T. (feat. Kanye West)," Katy Perry
8. "Moves Like Jagger (Studio Recording from 'The Voice' feat. Christina Aguilera)," Maroon 5
9. "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People
10. "Super Bass," Nicki Minaj

Top-Selling Albums
1. "21," ADELE
2. "Sigh No More," Mumford & Sons
3. "Tha Carter IV (Deluxe Edition)," Lil Wayne
4. "Watch the Throne (Deluxe Edition)," Kanye West, JAY Z
5. "Mylo Xyloto," Coldplay
6. "Born This Way (Bonus Track Version)," Lady Gaga
7. "Loud," Rihanna
8. "Take Care (Deluxe Version)," Drake
9. "Teenage Dream," Katy Perry
10. "Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Deluxe Version)," Bruno Mars

iPhone Apps
Top Paid iPhone Apps:
1. Angry Birds
2. Fruit Ninja
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. Cut the Rope
5. Tiny Wings
6. Angry Birds Rio
7. Words With Friends
8. Camera+
9. Doodle Jump
10. Plants vs. Zombies

Top Free iPhone Apps:
1. Facebook
2. Pandora Radio
3. Words with Friends Free
4. Angry Birds Free
5. Skype
6. Netflix
7. Angry Birds Rio Free
8. Groupon
9. Fruit Ninja Lite
10. Twitter

iPad Apps
Top Paid iPad Apps:
1. Angry Birds HD
2. Pages
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. GarageBand
5. Angry Birds Rio HD
6. Penultimate
7. Fruit Ninja HD
8. Cut the Rope HD
9. SCRABBLE for iPad
10. Keynote

Top Free iPad Apps
1. Angry Birds HD Free
2. The Weather Channel for iPad
3. Netflix
4. CNN App for iPad
5. Angry Birds Rio HD Free
6. Kindle
7. Skype for iPad
8. Calculator for iPad Free
9. Pandora Radio
10. Calculator Pro for iPad Free

Top-Selling Episodes:
1. "The Walking Dead," ("What Lies Ahead")
2. "Glee," ("Original Song")
3. "Breaking Bad," ("Box Cutter")
4. "Sons of Anarchy," ("Out")
5. "Gossip Girl," ("The Kids Are Not Alright")
6. "Instinct," ("Terra Nova")
7. "Modern Family," ("Our Children, Ourselves")
8. "Two and a Half Men," ("Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt")
9. "Victorious," ("Ice Cream for Ke$ha")
10. "Smallville," ("Finale, Pts. 1&2")

Top-Selling Seasons:
1. "Doctor Who"
2. "Modern Family"
3. "Dexter"
4. "Breaking Bad"
5. "True Blood"
6. "Top Gear"
7. "Glee"
8. "Entourage"
9. "Archer"
10. "The Walking Dead"

Top-Selling Movies (Sales and Rental)
1. "The Social Network"
2. "Limitless"
3. "No Strings Attached"
4. "Just Go With It"
5. "The Lincoln Lawyer"
6. "Bridesmaids (Unrated)"
7. "Source Code"
8. "Tangled"
9. "The King's Speech"
10. "Red"

Top Sellers (Fiction)
1. "The Help," Kathryn Stockett
2. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Stieg Larsson
3. "A Game of Thrones," George R.R. Martin
4. "Water for Elephants," Sara Gruen
5. "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," Stieg Larsson
6. "The Litigators," John Grisham
7. "Now You See Her," James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
8. "The Paris Wife," Paula McLain
9. "Breaking Dawn," Stephanie Meyer
10. "Something Borrowed," Emily Giffin

Top Sellers (Nonfiction)
1. "Steve Jobs," Walter Isaacson
2. "Heaven is for Real," Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
3. "A Stolen Life," Jaycee Dugard
4. "Unbroken," Laura Hillenbrand
5. "Sh(asterisk)t My Dad Says," Justin Halpern
6. "Bossypants," Tina Fey
7. "Bossypants (Enhanced Edition)," Tina Fey
8. "In the Garden of Beasts," Erik Larsen
9. "SEAL Team Six," Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
10. "Killing Lincoln," Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Source: (c) 2011. All rights reserved.

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