Apple sells one billion songs
- 24 February, 2006 11:59
Apple has sold one billion songs through its iTunes Music Store, a new benchmark figure for digital music sales.
It has taken less than three years to reach the number since iTunes Music Store opened for business in the US on April 28, 2003.
The front page of Apple's website now proclaims "To every iTunes Music Store customer, thanks a billion".
To help achieve the figure, Apple launched a special competition this month: "As we marked our way to one billion, the music fans who downloaded every 100,000th song won a prize package featuring a black 4GB iPod nano and a $100 iTunes Music Card," the company explained.
The music lover who downloaded the billionth song won a new 20-inch iMac, ten 60GB iPods, and a $10,000 iTunes Music Card. A music-school scholarship will also be set up in their name, the company has said.
As the grand prize loomed, Apple saw iTunes song sales exceed 3 million tracks a day, dwarfing other digital music service operators.
The record figure is all the more remarkable when you consider that Apple began its countdown to half a billion songs in July 2005, which means the company has doubled sales volumes in less than a year.
The names of the prize winners haven't yet been revealed. An Apple statement on its new sales record is expected.
- Vintek partners with IBM to reduce costs and improve system reliability
- Small business technology - This is why your business needs to be in the Cloud
- Rebranded Quadmark revamps its IT solutions with Google Apps
- Research firm Radicati names Google Apps for Business the leader in cloud business email
- Simple, Proven, Tranformative
Gold Coast-based Icon expands into US
Optus hits 2.3Gbps throughput in real-world test
Australia lags in e-signature adoption: Adobe
Users refuse to chuck XP as Windows 8 uptake flattens
Android takes 62 per cent share of tablet market in 2013