Apple's redesigned website took a prestigious .net Award this year, along with another site – WillItBlend, which demonstrated how to turn an iPhone into pulp.

Apple took the award for 'Best Redesign of the Year', beating the Manchester United, New York Times, Waterstones and Guardian Unlimited websites for the privilege.

It's the tenth year of the annual awards, decided by votes taken from the public in fifteen countries and a judge's panel, which this year included representatives from the BBC.

Digg founder Kevin Rose took the title of Web Personality of the year. Additional winners included the Russell Brand podcast, Google Earth and Facebook.

MySpace took the 'infamy' award for "eyeball-bleeding bad design". Runners-up in this category included Internet Explorer, Microsoft, Windows Vista and Amazon.