Apple Inc. announced yesterday that more than 25 billion songs have been purchased through the iTunes Store since launching in 2003.
Phillip Lüpke became the lucky user to push Apple Inc. over the 25 billion mark with his purchase of “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch. Lüpke will receive an iTunes gift card from Apple valued at about $13,500.
The iTunes store consists of more than 26 million songs, and is available in more than 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,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in a statement. “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.”