Apple iTunes store hit 10 Billion Songs Sold

Today, Apple announced that the iTunes store has hit 10 Billion Songs Sold. The 10 billionth song that was downloaded was “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash. The person that downloaded the 10 billionth song was awarded a $10,000 iTunes gift card for being soo darn lucky. The person that got the card was Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia. According to Wikipedia Louie got a call from Steve Jobs himself and got the surprise.

Eddie Crue, Apples vice president of internet affairs said:

“We’re grateful to all of our customers for helping us reach this amazing milestone,”

“We’re proud that iTunes has become the number one music retailer in the world, and selling 10 billion songs is truly staggering.”

The Apple iTunes music store opened on April 28, 2003.

History of the iTunes Music store (Source: Wikipedia)

  • 100 million songs sold: Summer, 2004
(Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas, bought the 100 millionth song, and the twenty-year-old was given a call from Steve Jobs congratulating him.)[32]
  • 125 million songs sold: September 1, 2004[33]
  • 150 million songs sold: October 14, 2004[34]
  • 200 million songs sold: December 16, 2004
(Ryan Alekman of Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA, bought the 200 millionth song, which was one of the tracks on U2‘s digital box set The Complete U2.)[35]
  • 250 million songs sold: January 24, 2005[36]
  • 300 million songs sold: March 2, 2005[37]
  • 400 million songs sold: May 10, 2005[38]

On July 5, 2005 Apple announced a promotion counting down to half a billion songs sold.[39]

  • 500 million songs sold: July 18, 2005
(Amy Greer of Lafayette, Indiana, USA, bought the 500 millionth song, “Mississippi Girl” by Faith Hill.)[40]
  • 850 million songs sold: January 10, 2006[41]
  • 1 billion songs sold: February 23, 2006
(Alex Ostrovsky of West Bloomfield, Michigan, bought the billionth song, “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay.[42] He later got a call from Steve Jobs with the good news that the sixteen-year-old was getting ten iPods, an iMac, a $10,000 music gift certificate, and a scholarship established in his name at the Juilliard School.)[32]
  • 1.5 billion songs sold: September 12, 2006[43]
  • 2 billion songs sold: January 10, 2007[43]
  • 2.5 billion songs sold: April 9, 2007[44]
  • 3 billion songs sold: July 31, 2007[45]
  • 4 billion songs sold: January 15, 2008
  • 5 billion songs sold: June 19, 2008[46]
  • 6 billion songs sold: January 6, 2009[47]
  • 8 billion songs sold: July 21, 2009
  • 8.6 billion songs sold: September 9, 2009
  • 10 billion songs sold: February 24, 2010[48]

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