The most popular (and least popular) stories of 2009

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We’ve recounted the biggest stories involving Apple, the iPhone, and iPods. We’ve even told you what our most read stories were in 2009. But what articles did Macworld readers take a shine to? And which ones did they think were the pits?

Each article posted on Macworld—even this one—features a thumbs up/thumbs down feature at the bottom where readers can tell us what they think about a story. We track that input—to the point where we can tell you the most popular stories of 2009… as well as the least popular articles we posted.

Most popular stories

  1. The five most underused Finder tools: Kirk McElhearn walks you through some quick time-saving tools built into OS X.
  2. The Macalope Weekly: Fight, fight, fight!: The Macalope, up to his usual rhetorical antics.
  3. V-Cockpit GPS for iPhone: Believe it or not, this was our most popular iPhone app review in 2009.
  4. Great gear under $50: The first part of our annual gear guide looked at low-cost gift ideas.
  5. Skout turns your iPhone into a dating machine: Lot of lonely iPhone users out there, we guess.
  6. Amazing iPhone photos from readers: Sometimes, our most popular content comes from you.
  7. The Microsoft discount: Dan Miller takes those “Apple tax” arguments to task.
  8. A Windows guru spends two weeks with a Mac: Preston Galla of Computerworld spends a fortnight learning how the other half lives.
  9. Apple, the App Store just isn’t you: Dan Moren thinks some of the things going on in the App Store feel very un-Apple-like.
  10. Review: Snow Leopard: We share our thoughts on Mac OS X 10.6.

Least popular stories

  1. Extracting content from PDF files: Perhaps it’s easy to retrieve content from finished PDF documents, but you didn’t want to hear about it.
  2. Review: NeatReceipts: The small scanner and OCR solution failed to impress.
  3. Five things missing from the iPhone 3GS: PC World lists the iPhone 3GS’s shortcomings.
  4. Review: Olympus Stylus 7000: We look at Olympus’ 12-megapixel camera.
  5. Great gear for under $150: We comfort ourselves with the thought that these thumbs down were probably the result of a publishing error with this installment from our Gear Guide.
  6. 12 words you can never say in the office: Apparently, the three words many readers wished we never said were “Publish this story.”
  7. Apple, stop breaking Palm Pre sync with iTunes: Not surprisingly, Mac users were unsympathetic to Ian Paul’s plea to Apple to let Palm offer unsupported functionality to Pre users.
  8. Review: Western Digital My Passport for Mac 500GB: We review Western Digital’s portable hard drive.
  9. 7 tips for selling your photos: We offer tips on taking advantage of the microstock industry that gives amateur photographers a chance to make money from their images.
  10. It’s time for the FTC to investigate Mac security: Apparently, it isn’t if you ask our readers.

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