The iTunes Store celebrates its tenth anniversary this month, and Apple is marking the occasion with a new promotion called “A Decade of iTunes.” iTunes users can enjoy a timeline that recognizes key moments throughout the store’s history, as well as a look back at ten year’s worth of chart-topping tracks and albums.
The timeline begins with the birth of the iTunes Music Store on April 28, 2003. At the time, it had 200,000 songs priced at 99¢ each, and more than 1 million songs were sold during the first week.
The timeline then takes us through other important landmarks in the store’s history, such as the start of its international rollout in 2004, the introduction of podcasts and TV shows in 2005, the sale of its billionth song and the introduction of movies in 2006, and the sale of the 100 millionth iPod in 2007.
Other notable landmarks include the day iTunes became America’s number one music retailer and the introduction of the App Store in 2008, and a record 25 billion songs sold in February of this year. Apple also notes important product releases, such as iPod, iPhone, and iPad launches.
You’ll also be able to see the top-selling songs and albums for each year as you click through the timeline, and of course, you can purchase anything that takes your fancy there and then.