Apple today announced that more than 25 billion songs have been bought and downloaded from the iTunes Store since it debuted in April 2003.
Phillip Lüpke of Germany hit the milestone with his purchase of “Monkey Drums (Goskel Vancin Remix)” by Chase Buch (no, TG hasn’t heard of it either), and will be awarded with a €10,000 iTunes gift card for his efforts.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, claimed that Apple’s multimedia store averages 15,000 songs downloaded per minute as part of the announcement. That’s pretty astonishing, especially considering that iTunes has faced increasingly stiff competition from the likes of Google Play Music and Amazon Cloud Player as of late, not to mention popular subscription-based streaming services like Spotify, Rdio, Slacker Radio, Songza, and Music Unlimited.
But with over 26 million songs and 775,000 apps in its catalog and heavy integration into just about all of Apple’s iOS devices, it appears as if iTunes is still king of the online music mountain.