Another year in tech has slipped by almost without notice, and Apple’s seminal iTunes Store has seen yet more great content over the past twelve months. To commemorate the best of the best, the Cupertino company has once again highlighted its favorite apps and games, along with books, movies, music and TV shows, dishing out awards in what has been another fruitful year for the company.

The Best of the iTunes Store 2014 list highlights content that Apple feels is deserving of recognition, and doesn’t necessarily suggest those mentioned have outsold the rest of the field.

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Without further ado, let’s dive right into the list!

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Best iPhone Apps Of 2014

  • Elevate (App of the Year)
  • Hyperlapse (Runner-Up)
  • Yahoo News Digest
  • Storehouse
  • SwiftKey Keyboard
  • 1Password
  • Camera+
  • Toca Lab
  • NYT Now
  • 120 Sports
  • Camu
  • Spring
  • BuzzFeed
  • Peak
  • Nighty Night Circus
  • Yummly
  • Waterlogue
  • Human
  • Steller
  • TeleStory
  • Network TV
  • Litely
  • Uber
  • Star Walk 2
  • Cinamatic
  • Health Mate
  • Paper by Facebook

Best iPhone Games Of 2014

  • Threes! (Game of the Year)
  • Leo’s Fortune (Runner-Up)
  • Monument Valley
  • Hitman GO
  • Ruzzle Adventure
  • Battleheart Legacy
  • World of Warriors
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Smash Hit
  • Spellfall
  • Spider-Man Unlimited
  • Wayward Souls
  • Trials Frontier
  • Adventure Beaks
  • Rules!
  • FarmVille 2
  • RETRY
  • Micromon
  • Rival Knights
  • Godus
  • Crazy Taxi City Rush
  • Castle Doombad
  • Bicolor
  • Royal Revolt 2
  • FOTONICA
  • Timberman
  • Bonza World Puzzle

Best iPad Apps Of 2014

  • Pixelmator (App of the Year)
  • Storehouse (Runner-Up)
  • NYT Cooking
  • Microsoft Word
  • VSCO Cam
  • Yahoo News Digest
  • Replay Video Editor
  • Hanx Writer
  • Star Walk Kids
  • 120 Sports
  • Adobe Voice
  • GoldieBlox
  • Makr
  • 1Password
  • Joy of Cooking
  • Nighty Night Circus
  • Molecules by Theodore Gray
  • OmniFocus 2
  • Toca Nature
  • Auxy
  • Slice Fractions
  • Launch Center Pro
  • Yahoo Weather
  • Incredible Numbers
  • Post-it Plus
  • Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe

Best iPad Games Of 2014

  • Monument Valley (Game of the Year)
  • Hearthstone (Runner-Up)
  • World of Tanks Blitz
  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Hitman GO
  • Vainglory
  • Battleheart Legacy
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Godus
  • Faster Than Light
  • FarmVille 2
  • Banner Saga
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Broken Age
  • Fates Forever
  • World of Warriors
  • 80 Days
  • Etherlords
  • BioShock
  • Boom Beach
  • Table Tennis Touch
  • FRAMED
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • Modern Combat 5: Blackout
  • FIFA 2015

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Best Mac Apps Of 2014

  • Notability (App of the Year)
  • Affinity Designer (Runner-Up)
  • Cinemagraph Pro
  • OmniFocus 2
  • Deliveries
  • Calcbot
  • Shazam
  • Logoist 2
  • iA Writer Pro
  • Reeder 2
  • iTranslate
  • Autodesk SketchBook
  • OneNote
  • Tonality
  • PCalc
  • Slack
  • Flare 2
  • Sketch 3
  • Desk
  • Getty Image Stream
  • Paprika
  • Quicken 2015

Best Mac Games Of 2014

  • Tomb Raider (Game of the Year)
  • Transistor (Runner-Up)
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • Castle of Illusion
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Shadow Blade
  • Broken Age
  • DiRT Showdown
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • Mini Motor Racing
  • SimCity 4
  • The LEGO Movie Videogame
  • Year Walk
  • Metal Gear Rising
  • The Novelist
  • Sparkle 2
  • Avoid
  • FIST OF AWESOME
  • Tropico 5
  • Atom Run
  • realMyst
  • Township

It’s been a bustling and exciting year in music too, something that Apple still prides itself on given the importance of iTunes to the evolution of digital music, although the Mac maker’s decision to bundle U2’s latest collection as a freebie to consumers wasn’t as well-received as it might have been. After the company had to release a tool to allow users to remove an album that many didn’t ask for nor want, Apple did learn in 2014 that not everybody likes U2 as much as it does. But still, Apple’s top artists, albums and songs list is pretty interesting to go through, and there’s a lot of new music to be discovered.

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What do you make of this – and what was your favorite iOS / Mac app and game of this year? Do share your thoughts with us!

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