In a recent announcement, Apple has officially confirmed that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from their online music, TV and movie store - iTunes. The 25 billionth song, "Monkey Drums" (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany. As the downloader of the 25 billionth song, Phillip will receive a €10,000 iTunes Gift Card.
"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."
The iTunes Store consists of a catalog of over 26 million songs and over 25 billion songs downloaded, and is available in 119 countries compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and PC users.
All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus, Apple's DRM-free format with 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to your devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to your iOS devices.
The statistics as per the website, Pocket-lint states that in order to listen to each and every music download that was sold on iTunes from the initial date it would take about 142, 694 years, 23 days, 59 minutes.