Happy Birthday, iTunes Store

On this day in 2003, 5 years ago, Apple opened the iTunes Music Store (since renamed the iTunes Store). What started with 200,000 songs has grown to 10,000,000 and has become the number one music retailer in the country.

 

Here are a few stats from Wikipedia:

  • On July 18, 2005 Apple announced that it had sold 500 million songs. Amy Greer of Lafayette, Indiana, USA, bought the 500 millionth song, “Mississippi Girl” by Faith Hill.
  • On October 31, 2005 Apple announced that iTunes Music Store customers had purchased and downloaded 1 million videos since the launch of video
  • On February 23, 2006 Apple announced that the iTunes Music Store had sold 1 billion songs and 15 million videos. The billionth song was “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay, purchased by Alex Ostrovsky of West Bloomfield, Michigan.
  • On January 10, 2007 Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than 2 billion songs, 50 million television episodes, and over 1.3 million feature-length films.
  • On April 9, 2007 Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than 2.5 billion songs. On April 11, 2007 Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than two million movies, making it the world’s most popular online movie store.
  • On July 31, 2007 Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than 3 billion songs.
  • On January 15, 2008 Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than 4 billion songs.
  • On February 26, 2008 Apple announced that iTunes Store surpassed Best Buy to become the 2nd biggest music seller behind Wal-Mart.
  • On April 3, 2008 it was announced that the iTunes store had surpassed Wal-Mart to become the biggest music retailer in the US.

Nice job, Apple. Keep up the good work!

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