Apple tops a billion iTunes downloads
Apple has set a new bar for digital music sales, selling over one billion songs since the first iTunes Music Store opened in April 2003.
The milestone was passed last night, and the lucky person who picked the billionth song will receive a 20in iMac, 10 60GB iPods and a $10,000 iTunes Music Store voucher to fill them with.
The billionth song was Speed of Sound, purchased as part of Coldplay's X&Y album by Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA. In addition to sending him all the goodies mentiones above, Apple will establish a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music in his name.
iTunes passed the halfway mark to its first billion as late as June of last year. Doubling that figure in just eight months represents a huge increase in monthly sales to a mean of over sixty million, dwarfing the sales of all its main rivals.