Apple’s iTunes Music Store sold 3.3 million songs in last week, over 20,000 iMixes posted

Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded a record setting 3.3 million songs from its third generation iTunes Music Store since its launch one week ago. Highlighting the popularity of its innovative new features, iTunes users have already published more than 20,000 iMixes, and those iMixes have been rated by fellow iTunes users over 50,000 times. In addition to the 3.3 million purchased songs, iTunes users have downloaded more than 500,000 free songs from popular artists including Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Courtney Love, Annie Lennox, Jane’s Addiction, Counting Crows, Renee Fleming and Nelly Furtado during Apple’s week-long “Free Song of the Day” anniversary promotion.

“Our third generation iTunes Music Store just blows away any other online music service,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the press release. “With over 700,000 songs and innovative features like iMix, it’s the easiest to use and most fun to use online music store in the world.”

The iTunes Music Store has revolutionized the music industry with its 99 cents-per-song pricing, free previews, one-click purchasing and downloading and groundbreaking personal use rights. In its first year, music fans have purchased more than 70 million songs, making it the number one online music service in the world with more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums.

The third generation iTunes Music Store features the industry’s largest online music catalog of over 700,000 songs from all five major music companies and over 450 independent music labels, as well as groundbreaking new features including:
– “iMix,” a new way for users to publish playlists of their favorite songs on the iTunes Music Store for other users to preview, rate and purchase. iMix creates a virtual iTunes community, enabling users to discover new music recommended by fellow music fans and rate the iMixes published by other iTunes users;
– “Party Shuffle,” a new playlist that automatically chooses songs from a user’s music library, displays just-played and upcoming songs, and allows users to easily add, delete and rearrange the upcoming songs on the fly. Party Shuffle is the ultimate DJ at any gathering, and a great way for users to get reacquainted with their personal music library;
– Radio Charts from more than 1,000 radio stations, enabling users to easily find and buy the top songs played on local radio stations in major US markets and buy directly from the charts with just one click;
– A new Music Video section featuring more music videos than ever, and a new Movie Trailer section with the most popular movie trailers on the Internet and links to buy songs from the soundtrack or audiobooks related to the movie;
– The rights to play songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store, including songs previously purchased, on up to five personal computers, two more than before;
– The ability to create and print stunning CD jewel case inserts for albums or compilation discs, combining album art and track lists using professionally designed templates. For compilation CDs, iTunes will automatically generate a mosaic of album covers based on the chosen songs; and
– Automatic WMA to AAC conversion, enabling Windows users to automatically create iTunes versions of their songs encoded in unprotected WMA. Converting an entire music library into iTunes and syncing it onto iPod


  1. I love iTms but i wish they would get more techno songs there are so many i want to buy but cant cause they just dont have them or ska music true i know there isnt a big demand out there for it but would atleast be nice to have the option to be able to download it

  2. Congrats Apple!

    Taylor, time to venture out. I, too, am a bit frustrated by not being able to find some of my ol’ faves. But, in the process of hunting, I have come across sweet gems in totally different genres that I would never have discovered if it weren’t for iTMS.

  3. Taylor T. :

    Wait until iTMS goes European. You’ll get all the Techno you’ll ever think you want to hear. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />)

  4. That’s a lot of songs. At 3 million per week, Apple is looking at an annual rate of 156 million per year. With pace of iTMS purchases increasing at such an aggressive rate and the impending European opening of the store, the idea of 1 billion songs a year in the not-too-distant future doesn’t seem unreasonable at all.

    Imagine that. A billion songs a year.

  5. Re: Pepsi redemptions. Very few, probably less than 50,000 I’d guess. The promo died a long time ago. Doesn’t matter. Apple did separate the free song downloads so they didn’t “fudge” on the amount. Amazing amount. Besides Techo and other contemporary “songs”, there’s still a world of great music that still has not been put on the store roster.

  6. I had 4 last minute redemptions. I know someone who had max/day for the last week. I don’t think that Apple has included the Pepsi promo in their counts though, which would mean that none of the 3+ million were from the promo.

  7. “Imagine that. A billion songs a year.”

    That is equal to roughly 80 to 100 million physical cds (depending upon average # of tracks). Does anyone know how many physical CDs a Wal-Mart or Amazon sells in a year?

  8. Actually, it’s 3.3 million a week, for a annual run rate of 171.6 million. Makes it look even BETTER!!! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    BTW: Anyone hear how Napster’s doing?? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  9. Over 700,000 songs. Looks like it’s time for Enderle and the pundits to update their usual “iTunes, which features over 300,000 songs” to “iTunes, which features over 500,000 songs.” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue laugh” style=”border:0;” />

  10. so apple gave away more songs than anybody else probably sold last week ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    i didnt buy a thing but i did download avril free.

  11. I wonder if we’ll see the iTMS Awards in the next couple of years? Can you imagine Apple hooking up with a network like FUSE to broadcast the show with SJ hosting? Best single & album awards per genre, Single & Album of the year, etc… All the commercials would be promoting Mac products and maybe third party products for Macs/iPod. The physical award would be a 3-d version of the iTunes icon. Can’t feature Sheryl Crow though – she defected to Sony Connect…

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