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Instagram tops iTunes Best of the Year chart

Instagram tops iTunes Best of the Year chart
Apple takes a reflective moment for 2011's success
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The photo sharing and manipulation app for iPhone, Instagram, has been named as the iPhone app of the year by iTunes as part of its Rewind 2011 highlights of the year.

Instagram, which boasts over 11 million users, is a free app that allows for filters to be applied to photographs to give them a retro, film appearance. Photographs can also be instantly shared to Facebook, Twitter and a range of other social networks.

Other features include the ability to mimic a tilt-shift lens style effect, and Radial Tilt Shift blur to recreate a shallow depth of field effect, which has proved increasingly popular with iPhone users.

The app currently has a 5 star rating on iTunes and sits on top of the free app download chart in the Photo and Video section.


In other iTunes Rewind news, Adele won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Someone Like You, and was understandably thrilled, as her response clearly shows:

"I'm thrilled to top the iTunes album chart of 2011 and to be iTunes Artist of the Year is just amazing".

LMFAO's Party Rock was the most downloaded song of the year, and Ed Sheeran was named New Artist of the Year too.

Here's an easy to digest run down of the year's top apps if you're looking for any tips (although we're not sure why Instagram isn't in there too):

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 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

Gareth Beavis
Gareth Beavis

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.