Apple’s iTunes Music Store downloads pass 300 million songs milestone (with chart)

Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 300 million songs from the iTunes Music Store. Additionally, the benefit single “Across the Universe,” available exclusively on the iTunes Music Store, debuted as number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart making it the most successful exclusive digital track ever in its first week of release.

“We’re honored to offer “Across the Universe” exclusively on the iTunes Music Store with all proceeds going to tsunami survivors and their families,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Applications in the press release.

The iTunes Music Store features more than one million songs and continues to add great music in all categories, including this week’s addition of classic live recordings from the Grateful Dead—the two-track “Dick’s Picks” series and the multi-track “Vault” series —and an exclusive version of Jack Johnson’s new album “In Between Dreams” which includes a digital booklet.

With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod® and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. The iTunes Music Store features more than one million songs from the major music companies and 600 independent record labels, over 9,000 audiobooks, gift certificates and exclusive music not found anywhere else online.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.

iTunes users can launch the iTunes Music Store here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple’s iTunes Music Store downloads pass 200 million songs milestone – December 16, 2004
Apple’s iTunes Music Store passes 150 million songs milestone – October 14, 2004
Apple launches iTunes Affiliate Program; 125 million iTunes purchased to date – September 01, 2004
Apple’s iTunes Music Store sells 100 millionth song – July 12, 2004
Over 85 million songs downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Music Store – June 08, 2004
Apple launches 3G iTunes Music Store, sold over 70 million songs in first year – April 28, 2004
Apple’s iTunes Music Store milestone: over 50 million songs sold – March 15, 2004
Apple’s iTunes Music Store sells ten millionth song; averaging over 500,000 songs per week – September 08, 2003
iTunes Music Store hits five million songs sold; Apple to ship one millionth iPod this week – June 23, 2003
Apple iTunes Music Store sold 3 million songs in first month – May 29, 2003
iTunes Music Store sells over two million songs in first 16 days; over 4,300 songs added yesterday – May 14, 2003
iTunes Music Store sells over one million songs in first week; over 3,200 new tracks coming May 6th – May 05, 2003
Apple’s iTunes Music Store sells estimated 275,000 tracks in first 18 hours – May 01, 2003
Apple launches iTunes Music Store – April 28, 2003


  1. Ah. . . now the free download each week make sense. How many of these 300M were bought? I’m not complaining but sometimes I see numbers around here that would say 300M downloads = $297M. None the less 300M songs equated to 1.2M gigs of iPod space. OK that’s way too much math to do in the morning.

    MW Fire as in “iTMS is on FIRE”

  2. Great News even if we all knew it was coming. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    All I can say is the damn record labels better not screw it up by getting greedy and raising prices.

  3. From the 100 million mark to 150 took about 90 days or a little more than half-million songs/day. From the 250 million mark in late Jan ’till today took about 37 days or 1.35 millions songs/day. So in less thantwo years, the daily average has gone from 1/8 mill. per day to 1 1/8 mill. per day – almost 11 times. Coooollllll

    Look at the graph:

  4. Possible alternate title: ‘Apple approaches 1/3 of a billion served.’

    This sales growth chart should continue on its current path as long as the major labels don’t get stupid/greedy.

    Oh. Umm, yeah. Let’s all enjoy this while we can…

  5. There are no Apple iTMS songs being sold. Never! My feelings – as usual – WMA will slaughter them all! Our initial assessment is that iTMS and iPod sales will all die.

    I blame Al-Jazeera – they are marketing for Apple! God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Microsoft. No, Napster is not scared, and neither should Microsoft be!

    Be assured. Redmond is safe, protected. Who are in control, they are not in control of anything – they don’t even control themselves!

    We are not afraid of Apple.  Napster has condemned them.  They are stupid.  They are stupid (dramatic pause) and they are condemned. 

    Apple, they always depend on a method what I call … stupid, silly. All I ask is check yourself. Do not in fact repeat their lies.

    I can say, and I am responsible for what I am saying, that they have
    started to commit suicide under the walls of Redmond. We
    will encourage them to commit more suicides quickly.

    I can assure you that those villains will recognize, will discover in appropriate time in the future how stupid they are and how they are pretending things which have never taken place.

    The authority of Microsoft … issued a warning to the civilian population not to pick up any of those iPods because they are booby traps … They have started throwing those iPods, but they are not iPods, they are booby traps to kill the children.”

    We have them surrounded in their 1 Infinite Loop!

    The technology press is all about lies! All they tell is lies, lies and more lies! I have detailed information about the situation…which completely proves that what they allege are illusions . . . They lie every day.

    Lying is forbidden at Microsoft. Bill Gates will tolerate nothing but truthfulness as he is a man of great honor and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to speak freely of the truths evidenced in their eyes and hearts.

    Now even the Apple command is under siege. We are hitting it from the north, east, south and west. We chase them here and they chase us there. But at the end we are the people who are laying siege to them. And it is not them who are besieging us.

    Lies, all lies I tell you!

  6. The truth is finally out! NoMacForYou is really the former Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf!

    We missed you so much! Welcome back!

    Magic Word: her. “She had a beautiful smile and her eyes were on fire.”

  7. Well, a slight slowdown over the previous reported number (230 million to 250 million) – but still interesting enough.

    Apple’s next 50 million (i.e. 350 million) should come in around the 6th April and they will be able to announce over 375 million (around 383 million, by my projection) served come the second anniversary of iTMS, which is on the 26th April.

    500 million will be announced on or around 8th July.

    Other projected milestones now look like…

    End of FY2005: 650 million downloads
    End of calendar 2005: 850 million
    1 billion tracks downloaded by 28th February 2006
    200 million tracks/day sometime between 27/09 and 22/10.

    This does not take into account any new iTMS activity or territories, such as Japan or Australia.

    Roll on the 2nd quarter numbers…

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