Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded over ten million songs from the iTunes Music Store since its launch just over four months ago, averaging over 500,000 songs per week. The ten millionth song, “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne, was purchased and downloaded at 11:34 p.m. (PDT) on September 3.
The combination of the iTunes digital music jukebox, the pioneering iTunes Music Store and the market-leading iPod(TM) digital music player provide users with a complete solution for buying, managing and listening to their digital music collections anywhere. The iTunes Music Store will be available to Windows users by the end of this year.
“Legally selling ten million songs online in just four months is a historic milestone for the music industry, musicians and music lovers everywhere,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the press release. “Apple offers the only complete solution for digital music with iTunes and the amazing iPod, which now holds 10,000 songs in your pocket.”
“We are honored and grateful to be one of the top selling artists in the iTunes Music Store,” said Chris Martin, singer/songwriter of the Grammy-award winning band Coldplay in the press release. “It’s clear Apple has delivered a working and successful platform for music fans to discover artists and purchase both albums and single songs instantly with ease. We embrace these efforts enthusiastically and see them as the future of our business.”
The revolutionary online music store offers songs from major and independent music labels, groundbreaking personal use rights, and one-click download directly into Apple’s integrated digital jukebox software, iTunes-all for just 99 cents per song. Users can listen to free 30-second previews of any song in the store, then purchase and download their favorite songs or complete albums in pristine digital quality. Songs can be burned at no extra cost onto an unlimited number of CDs for personal use, played on up to three computers, and listened to on an unlimited number of iPods.
More information about Apple’s iTunes Music Store (iTMS) here.
I am so hoping this is coming to Europe next week.
Dave H, me too. I have a pile of cash ready and waiting for Apple. I’ve been putting off music purchases until iTMS Europe is announced.
You know what? Paris venue would be GREAT to announce: “Guys, you can buy the new iPod already at the stands and… get ready to set-up your accounts. iTMS Europe is here”
Could you *just imagine* the standing OVATION? It would be histerical.
I cant wait too! Will definalty be buying into that. Good luck Apple.
does anyone know how many songs Buymusic.com has sold? I would just be interested to compare.
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ALL competitors combined were already dwarfed the first week iTMS was available.
Seahawk – I see by your smilie that YOU know that “reliable” and “buy” are not in any way connected to “buymusic”, but how many others know that anyone trying to “buy” music on “buymusic.com” isn’t actually buying music, but is in reality “licensing” it, and do not outright own anything on which they have spent their money on. It says it quite plainly on the buymusic.com’s website (tucked in between lots of other words) in their fine print legalese pages.
Ozzy – I’ve been asking that same question for weeks now. And not a peep. Not a whimper. Not a single hard sales figure from those oafs. Big splashy ugly hype on the launch, and NOTHING since.
I, too, hope our European Mac-owning friends are next in line for iTMS. They should really get a chance to use it first before any pc owners. Anywhere.
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I join in in your wishes. iTMS is outstanding and music db grows constantly.
Latest news: Recording Industries filed 261 lawsuit for illegal sharing of track. Individuals may come forward and pledge for an amnesty.
Looks like the stage is set for an explosion of iTMS downloads when – hopefully in Paris – the Euro market opens up. 10Mil download will look a puny figure then.
Divinus Augustus, what marvels me is the fact that with iTMS you buy and OWN YOUR music. It is my track for all purposes but re-selling it and make a profit.
Others (dis)services – as you say from your holy tomb – merely let you lease the track and it can actually stop playing on your computer. One must really be a Windows user to buy into such a scam.
Jeez, must sux big time – if you understand the expression, how could I say… “sugit magnus vicis” – to be a Windows user these days.
iTMS is great, but needs more electronica… which would mean more independent labels, like Nettwerk records. I still buy vinyl at my local swap shop to keep up with my underground electronic tastes.
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