Apple has today announced that its iTunes Store has set yet another record as it surpasses more than 25 billion songs sold. The 25 billionth song to be downloaded was “Monkey Drums” by Chase Buch, and it was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany, who will receive a €10,000 iTunes Gift Card from Apple.
“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.”
“In a lot of ways, iTunes has leveled the playing field for musicians. Whether you’re unsigned, indie, major, whatever—it’s the place most people go to buy digital music,” said Wesley Schultz, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers. “iTunes doesn’t exclude any musicians simply because they’re not yet established or popular.”
With a catalog that boasts more than 26 million songs and availability in 119 countries, the iTunes Store is the world’s most popular music store. And this isn’t the first time it’s broken records. It became the world’s largest music store back in 2009 — six years after opening its doors — when it surpassed more than 6 billion songs sold.
It then reached new highs in February 2010 when Apple announced more than 10 billion tracks had been purchased in 7 years. On Christmas Day of 2007, the iTunes Store saw an incredibly 20 million song downloads in just 24 hours.
Based on its new landmark, the iTunes Store has seen 15 billion song downloads in just two years. It seems the only store that sells products faster is Apple’s App Store. It reached the 25 billion downloads mark back in March 2012, when Fu Chunli from Qingdao, China, downloaded Disney’s Where My Water? game for iOS. Chunli also received a $10,000 gift card from Apple.