iTunes Music Store Downloads Top One Billion Songs

by Hadley Stern Feb 23, 2006

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Apple(R) today
announced that one billion songs have been legally downloaded from the iTunes(R) Music Store since it was launched less than three years ago. The billionth song “Speed of Sound” was purchased as part of Coldplay’s X&Y album by Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, Michigan and as the grand prize winner he will receive a 20-inch iMac(R), 10 fifth generation iPods and a $10,000 gift card good for any item on the iTunes Music Store. In addition, Apple will establish a scholarship to the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music in his name to commemorate this milestone.

  “I hope that every customer, artist and music company executive takes a moment today to reflect on what we’ve achieved together during the past three years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Over one billion songs have now been legally purchased and downloaded around the globe, representing a major force against music piracy and the future of music distribution as we move from CDs to the Internet.”

  With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated video and Podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod(R) and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac(R) and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and videos online. The iTunes Music Store now features a selection of over 3,500 music videos, Pixar and Disney short films, a variety of hit TV shows, 35,000 podcasts, 16,000 audiobooks and more than two million songs from the major music companies and independent record labels.

  The iTunes Music Store is also the world’s most popular video download store with more than 15 million videos purchased and downloaded. iTunes offers over 60 popular TV shows for just $1.99 for viewing on a computer or iPod and recently added new hit programming from ABC, Bravo, NBC, MTV Networks and SHOWTIME.


  • As owner of a company with our music on iTunes, I have to say I’m a little pissed at Steve’s comment saying the music industry is moving from CD to internet distribution.

    Our download sales are up lately, as are our CD sales.

    I will agree with the internet as being the best for buying individual singles, or buying that single track on an album you otherwise don’t want.
    But as my customers show me, no one is yet buying into iTunes for purchasing larger releases (such as compilation albums, or an artist album where the customer wants most songs on the album) - consumers still buy these on CD or DVD-A, even if they’re a frequent downloader otherwise.

    In fact, I don’t see this changing, due to the nature of artwork, packaging, being a physical product to keep on a shelf, autoand price per track (being more economizing for buying a majority of albums on CD rather than iTunes.)

    Will it stay like this forever? I can’t say for definite. But CDs have still got a lot of life left in them yet, Steve.

    Luke Mildenhall-Ward had this to say on Feb 25, 2006 Posts: 299
  • Page 1 of 1 pages
You need log in, or register, in order to comment