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It’s year end countdown time and the best part about tech countdowns is the geeks have figured out ways to leave opinion out of the equation. Never mind the rock critics picking the 10 best albums of the year (all of which you’ve never heard of before), when it comes to the biggest music of 2008, you need look no further than the databases at iTunes and Last.fm.

While Apple won’t release the individual download numbers from the iTunes store this year, they have released:

their top downloaded tracks:

1. Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
2. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
3. Flo Rida – Low
4. Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl
5. Rihanna – Disturbia

  and top downloaded albums:

1. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
2. Jack Johnson – Sleep Through the Static
3. Juno Movie Soundtrack
4. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
5. Sara Bareilles – Little Voice

But just cause we bought the album or single doesn’t mean we actually listened to it. Last.fm is an online music streaming site that counted active streams throughout the year. These are the most popular tracks that were actually listened to online:
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1. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
2. Coldplay – Violet Hill
3. MGMT – Time To Pretend
4. MGMT – Electric Feel
5. Coldplay – Life In Technicolour

Okay, so I guess we can all agree on Coldplay. Sure, we hear the jokes all the time – but the music resonates. We buy it as albums, as singles, and we listen to all of it.

But our lust for Coldplay ends at the music. We’re not digging beyond that for more information on the band. The Google Zeitgeist is a survey revealing the top search terms for a given period. In 2008, ooops, we were obsessed with Britney again.

top search terms overall:
1. Facebook
2. Youtube
3. Lyrics
4. Weather
5. Games
  top searched celebrities:
1. Britney Spears
2. Jessica Alba
3. Heath Ledger
4. Lindsay Lohan
5. Angelina Jolie

The killer app for the iPhone this year, was the ability to add applications. In just 6 months, more than 300 million applications have been downloaded.

The top free iPhone apps:
1. Facebook
2. Google Earth
3. iPint
4. Lightsaber
5. Tap Tap Revenge
  The top paid iPhone apps:
1. Koi Pond
2. Super Monkey Ball
3. Texas Hold’Em
4. Crash Bandicoot
5. Moto Chaser

This article originally appeared in 24hrs Vancouver on December 31, 2008.

Image: Coldplay by Kingpin from Flickr

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