Apple Announces Over 25 Billion Songs Sold in the iTunes Store

Apple has announced this morning the iTunes Store has sold a record 25 billion songs. The 25 billionth song was purchased in Germany and the lucky recipient received a €10,000 iTunes® Gift Card for downloading “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch.

“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.”

iTunes 11 went live back in November and Apple launched the iTunes Store in 56 others countries in December and now totals over 119 stores with a catalogue of over 26 million songs.