iTunes Store sets new record, 25 billion songs sold
Apple today announced that its iTunes Store has set a new record. Customers have now purchased over 25 billion songs via the digital media service, and to mark the milestone, the Cupertino company is sending the user who downloaded the 25 billionth song a €10,000 (approx £8,600/$13,500) iTunes Gift Card.
“The 25 billionth song, “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany. As the downloader of the 25 billionth song, Phillip will receive 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.”
This isn’t the first time that Apple has given away sizable iTunes Gift Cards to users who have downloaded milestone apps or songs, but usually the company announces contests before the all-important number is reached.
Back in March last year, Fu Chunli from Qingdao, China was awarded a $10,000 gift card for downloading the 25 billionth iOS app.
Launched in 2003, the iTunes Store is now available in 119 countries worldwide.