Apple yesterday announced that the 25 billionth song has been downloaded from iTunes. In a press release, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddie Cue noted that more than 15,000 songs were downloaded every minute on average. He also added that there are more than 26 million tracks available on the Store in 119 countries.
The lucky 25 billionth downloader was Phillip Lüpke from Germany, who has been given a €10,000 iTunes voucher after downloading “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch.
“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past ten 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 favourite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”
As of January 7th this year there has also been 40 billion apps downloaded from the App Store. We can expect the 50 billion downloads barrier to be broken some time in the next few months, and that’s sure to involve a slightly larger celebration. When Apple broke the 25 billion app downloads barrier in March of last year, a countdown clock appeared on the Apple site.