Average download of 15,000 songs per minute.
Apple gleefully announced today that its iTunes store has seen 25 billion songs been downloaded, with the 25 billionth song being “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch. The song was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany, who was awarded a €10,000 iTunes Gift Card as a thank you from Apple.
Despite competition from other similar music services and the likes of p2p file sharing programs, iTunes has still remained one of the most popular online music stores with a catalog of over 26 million songs, available in 119 countries.
“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 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 favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”