Apple sells 25 billion songs on iTunes

Apple said today that it has sold more than 25 billion songs on its iTunes Store.

According to Apple, the 25 billionth song, “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, was purchased by Phillip Lupke from Germany. Phillip will receive a €10,000 iTunes Gift Card for being the lucky downloader.

“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.”

Those are incredible numbers when you think about it. I sit here and download and album or a song, but when you look at the numbers on a larger scale it’s almost too much to comprehend.



  • quietstorms

    Congratulations, but as a teen in the 90s, I feel bad for kids today today that can’t hang around their local indie record store and have conversations/arguments about music like I did.

    Digital downloads have been great for me in my middle years though.

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      Perhaps but can’t/don’t “kids nowadays” have those same discussions on an even wider basis on the internet? Rather than being limited to having those conversations with their local peer group, they can now have them with other kids from around the world.

  • John David

    As a former record store owner in the 80′s, I agree that I miss the interaction of music lovers of all genres. There’s nothing to match the feeling of diving into the record bins & finding great new bands for the first time, or being introduced to new music by your friends.

    i too love the convenience & portability of today, but I do miss that special interaction I had with my customers & my friends!

  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    That’s pretty awesome of them providing the gift card.

  • http://twitter.com/postmechanical postmechanical

    Geil! Toll! Wunderbar!