25 billion songs purchased from the iTunes Store

On February 7, 2013

Almost ten years ago, when Steve Jobs announced the opening of the online music store iTunes Music Store (iTunes Store now), the step taken by Apple was regarded with reluctance because the company had to struggle with piracy and ubiquitous availability of services such as Napster or Audiogalaxy.

As we saw then, critics have underestimated the number of people seeking music legally and iTunes Store became the largest music store in the world, accounting for two thirds of this online music market and 29 percent of the total one.

Two months ahead of the tenth anniversary of the launch of the service, Apple announced that one customer purchased the audio track number 25,000,000,000. The song in question is “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch and the lucky buyer is Phillip Lüpke from Germany. In addition to the honor of seeing its name joined this event, the German citizen received a substantial gift, which consists of an iTunes voucher worth €10,000, more than enough to pass any legal personal music collection.

According to data provided by Apple in September 2012, serves 400 million iTunes Store accounts and 315 million iPod, iPhone or iPad handsets, users buying or downloading audio tracks again at a rate of 15,000 per minute.

Application section achieved this record about a year ago, in March 2012.