As 2011 swiftly approaches its end, Apple is taking a digital stroll down memory lane to salute and offer a hearty plug to digital content deemed the best of the year across 21 highly contested categories.
Per its established tradition, App Store Rewind 2011 showcases that which the tech giant deems to be the cream of the crop when it comes to music, movies, TV shows, iOS apps, books, and podcasts from the year gone by.
For app makers and content publishers, earning high marks from Apple is no small honor, as the company’s annual homage to quality digital content carries a lot of influence with consumers — many of whom will have no shortage of fat iTunes gift cards burning holes in their pockets this holiday season.
Apple Picks The Best of 2011
Apple selected Instagram — a free photo sharing application that gives pictures the look and feel of Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid cameras — as “iPhone App of the Year.” Further emphasizing Apple’s affinity for quality photo-related applications, the distinction of being “iPad App of the Year” went to photo editing software Snapseed.
Among Apple’s top picks in the business category is the Intuit GoPayment app (hey, that’s us!), which has helped thousands of small business owners easily and securely accept credit card payments via iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. (For more information, click here.)
Other notable winners in major categories this year include:
- Song of the Year: “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People
- Artist of the Year: Adele
- Album of the Year: Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
To see the full list of Apple’s richly-deserving domestic honorees, click here.