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Published: Wednesday, 2/6/2013

25 billion served: iTunes reaches song sales milestone in just under 10 years

ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES — The answer to the trivia question will be: “Monkey Drums (Goskel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch.” That's the 25-billionth song purchased on iTunes.

Apple announced the sales milestone in a news release today. The company says Phillip Lupke of Germany purchased and downloaded Buch's song and will receive an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros, or about $13,500.

It took the Cupertino, Calif., company almost 10 years to reach the milestone. Customers download an average of 15,000 songs a minute from the iTunes music store, which was launched in April 2003. The digital retailer's catalog is 26 million songs deep.



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