Apple iTunes Store sells 25 billionth song

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Feb 062013
 
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Apple today announced that it has now sold over 25 billion songs through its iTunes Store.

“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.”

The 25 billionth song, “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany. Apple gave him a €10,000 iTunes gift card to celebrate the event.

The iTunes Store has a catalog of over 26 million songs. It is now available in 119 countries

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Apple begins 25 billion iTunes app download countdown

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Feb 172012
 

AppleApple today launched a countdown to 25 billion iTunes App Store downloads. As I write this, the countdown is nearing 24.3 billion downloads.

As of today, nearly 25 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 25 billionth app, and you could win a US$10,000 App Store Gift Card.* Just visit the App Store and download your best app yet.

The contest is open in both Canada and the U.S. as well as other participating App Store countries. The US$10,000 gift card is redeemable in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBook Store.

The Apple iTunes App Store launched back in July 2008 in time for the launch of the iPhone 3G.

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Apple Canada kicks off Boxing Week iTunes sale

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Dec 222011
 

Apple Canada today kicked off a Boxing Week sale with a selection of songs for CA$0.69 and albums starting at CA$5.99. Albums from 2011 are emphasized and include Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay, Wasting Light by the Foo Fighters and Metals by Feist as well as older releases. In all, more than 30 albums are offered. On the song side, Apple offers Best Songs of 2011, Bestselling Songs of 2011 as well as Classic Hits.

Apple iTunes Boxing Week Sale

Is it me or are Boxing Day/Week sales starting ever earlier?

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Source: 9to5Mac

Apple accidentally confirms iPhone 4S via iTunes

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Oct 012011
 

We are only days away from Apple’s iPhone press event but it appears that the latest iTunes beta has confirmed at least one new upcoming iPhone and topic of ongoing rumours. Buried in the code of iTunes 10.5 beta 9’s .plist files are two mentions and embedded images of an “iPhone 4S.”

Apple iTunes code reference to iPhone 4S

The attached image looks to be that of the CDMA iPhone 4, leading 9to5Mac.com to surmise that the iPhone 4S will adopt the CDMA iPhone design. Unlike the current iPhone 4, the new iPhone 4S could come as a dual-mode (CDMA and GSM) handset as only two models are listed compared to the four for the current model which is single-mode.

Fortunately, we only have to wait a few more days to see what Apple really has up its sleeve this time around…

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iTunes movies land in Canada and the UK

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Jun 042008
 

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Starting today, Apple is now offering movies for sale and for rent both in Canada and the UK.

In Canada, over 1,200 films from studios such as 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and Maple Pictures are now available. Prices will range from CAD$9.99 to CAD$19.99 for purchase and from CAD$3.99 to CAD$4.99 for rentals. High-definition versions will rent for a dollar more.

In the UK, some 700 movies are now available. Prices will range from £6.99 to £10.99 for purchases and £2.49 to £3.49 for rentals. High-definition versions will cost one pound more.

iTunes movies can be downloaded and watched through iTunes on a computer or through the iPod classic, iPod nano with video, iPod touch and on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.

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One more time: Beatles coming to iTunes (or not)

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Mar 102008
 

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Even before Apple Corps and Apple Inc. buried the hatchet over trademark disputes, people have been wondering when The Beatles would land on iTunes. I first reported on such rumours back in 2006 and they are back once once.

This weekend, the London-based Telegraph reported that the much anticipated release of the Beatles catalog on iTunes was nearing reality after Paul McCartney agreed to a deal reportedly worth up to £300 million (just over USD$600 million). This is a staggering amount of money if you consider how many Beatles song Apple would have to sell to recoup the costs. At an estimated gross of 33 cents a song, Apple would have to sell 1.8 billion songs before starting to make a profit.

But once again, those rumours appear to have been crushed and we won’t have to debate whether Steve Jobs was crazy or not to agree to such a deal. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company co-owned by Sony and Michael Jackson and that owns most of the publishing rights, has denied the report. A Sony/ATV spokesperson indicated that the company would have been informed of such a deal and that it had in fact received no such notice.

We now return to our ‘The Beatles are coming to iTunes’ watch…

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Television shows now available at Apple UK

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Aug 282007
 

It took almost two years but TV shows are now headed across to the Atlantic. Apple UK has now begun to offer TV shows on its iTunes service. You will find such shows as Lost, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, and more from ABC Studios, Disney, MTV Networks and Nickelodeon, among others. UK-produced series such as Nickelodeon’s “Genie in the House” and Paramount Comedy’s “Comedy Blue” are also available.

Shows cost £1.89 each (roughly about US$3.80 or CAD$4.00) and will be offered in 640-by-480 resolution.

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Where is the iTunes DRM-free music?

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May 282007
 

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When EMI announced its plans to offer its music catalog without DRM, Apple was at their side to say that iTunes would offer a DRM-free version of the EMI catalog on iTunes. With only four days left in the month, DRM-free music is still nowhere to be found on iTunes. French site MacBidouille reports that a final agreement between Apple and EMI was only signed last week and that the two companies are now busy setting up the music catalog for go-live. Rather than a gradual rollout, it appears that the two companies are pushing to offer as much as possible of the catalog (still no Beatles though) on the day of release.

EMI songs will be offered in a higher 256Kpbs AAC format without Apple’s FairPlay DRM scheme for US$1.29 (€1.29 / £0.99) as well as at the current US$0.99 price (at 128Kbs and with DRM).

Perhaps we will see the new EMI DRM-free catalog on Tuesday when Apple does its regular update.

Note: The ‘More information’ link will take you to a French article.

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iTunes arrives in Japan

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Aug 032005
 

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Today, Apple opened its iTunes Music Store in Japan. Songs will sell for between ¥150 and ¥200 per song and it will feature the recently launched support for Podcasting.

Apple also used the opportunity to announce the worldwide availability of early Abkco catalog titles. This makes the iTunes Music Store the only online service to offer the complete music catalog of the Rolling Stones.

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iTunes countdown to 500 million downloads

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Jul 052005
 

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Apple is counting down sales to half a billion songs sold on the iTunes® Music Store. A counter on the Apple home page is marking the event – It’s amazing to see how many songs get sold every minute!

To mark the occasion, every 100,000th song sold on the way to the target will earn its purchaser an iPod mini and a 50-song gift card. For the lucky purchaser of the 500 millionth song, the prize will consist of 10 iPods, a gold 10,000-song gift card for the music store as well as 10 additional 50-song gift cards and a trip for four to see Coldplay.

About 20,000 songs were sold while I wrote this!

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