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Apple Announces 25 Billion Songs Sold On iTunes
With a press release, Apple today announced 25 billion songs have been sold on the iTunes Store. The 25 billionth song was downloaded by Phillip Lüpke from Germany, who won a €10,000 iTunes gift card.
We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.
As detailed by Apple, the iTunes Store offers a catalogue of over 26 million songs in 119 countries. As we showed in our look at various entertainment ecosystems, Apple's iTunes Store is the most popular one worldwide. The iTunes Music Store opened on April 28, 2003, which according to Wolfram Alpha is exactly 9 years, 9 months, and 9 days ago (3572 days).
Dividing by 3572 days, the iTunes Store averaged 6.99 million downloads per day, 81 downloads per second, and 4860 downloads per minute.