Music lovers all over the world download songs from the iTunes store. Recently Apple made an announcement that music fans have bought more than 25 billion songs from its iTunes store. The song that made the milestone was Monkey Drums – a Goksel Vancin Remix – by Chase Buvh. The lucky user who purchases this song is Phillip Lupke of Germany, and he will get an iTunes gift card from Apple. The value of this gift card is approximately 10,000 Euros.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior Vice President of Internet software and services, made a statement saying that the company is grateful to the users. The user’s passion for music has made iTunes the largest music retailer in the world. He further added that the average download rate per on iTunes is 15,000 songs per minute and the iTunes store connects the fans of music with their favorite artists. Which include globally popular names like Adele and Coldplay and newer ones like Lumineers.
The scale on which this connection is being made is much higher than was ever imagined possible. Wesley Schultz, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band The Lumineers made a statement saying that iTunes has “leveled the playing field for musicians”, in many ways, because iTunes is the first preference of most people when they want to buy digital music. He also said that iTunes does not discriminate against any musicians just because they are not yet popular or established.
The iTunes store was first launched in 2003, and today it boasts of more than 26 million songs. This digital music store is available in 119 countries. On one hand Apple has reached the huge milestone of selling 25 billion songs, but this is nothing compared to the number of Apps that Apple has sold. According to an announcement made by the company, App Store hit 40 billion downloads, and half of these were downloaded in 2012 itself.