Apple hits major milestones: 100 Million iPods sold, 2.5 billion iTunes Store songs sold

Apple StoreApple today announced that the 100 millionth iPod has been sold, making the iPod the fastest selling music player in history. The first iPod was sold five and a half years ago, in November 2001, and since then Apple has introduced more than 10 new iPod models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle. Along with iTunes and the iTunes online music store, the iPod has transformed how tens of millions of music lovers acquire, manage and listen to their music.

“At this historic milestone, we want to thank music lovers everywhere for making iPod such an incredible success,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “iPod has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for music, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that.”

“It’s hard to remember what I did before the iPod,” said Mary J. Blige, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, in the press release. “iPod is more than just a music player, it’s an extension of your personality and a great way to take your favorite music with you everywhere you go.”

“Without the iPod, the digital music age would have been defined by files and folders instead of songs and albums,” said John Mayer, GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist, in the press release. “Though the medium of music has changed, the iPod experience has kept the spirit of what it means to be a music lover alive.”

The iPod has also sparked an unprecedented ecosystem of over 4,000 accessories made specifically for the iPod that range from fashionable cases to speaker systems, and more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles currently offer iPod connectivity.

“I take my running shoes and my iPod with me everywhere,” said Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France champion, in the press release. “I listen to music when I run. Having my music with me is really motivating.”

Every iPod features seamless integration with iTunes 7. The iTunes Store features the world’s largest catalog with over five million songs, 350 television shows and over 400 movies. The iTunes Store has sold over 2.5 billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies, making it the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store.

29 Comments

  1. Following on from macnut,

    10 million was announced in Jan 2005 as he said.

    The total for all the quarters from Q2/FY05 to the end of December was another 78.39 million.

    That’s 88.39 million, which means around 12 million for the quarter which is the third highest quarterly figure for iPods after the previous two holiday quarters. That’ alone equates to around $1.92 – $2.16 billion in sales for the quarter that’s due to report shortly.

  2. I’m just back from a ski holiday in the Alps – 2 families of 5 with essential kit only which included 7 iPods and 4 Mac laptops!

    (And if any of us had had a Windows computer I would have put money on them wanting to sell it by the end of the week, as they’d have been blown away by the movies and slideshows we produced..)

    Go Apple!

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