iTunes: 25 Billion Downloads and Counting

A man in Germany gets a gift from Apple as the lucky customer.

Apple's iTunes just keeps on keeping on in the 21st century music world. The company announced Tuesday (February 6) that it has hit 25 billion downloads worldwide.

According to CNN.com and other media reports, Phillip Lupke of Germany was the lucky downloader. For clicking at the right moment, he'll be getting a 10,000-Euro (about $13,500) iTunes gift card. The song was "Monkey Drums" (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch.

To put that in perspective, 25 billion is equal to about 3.5 songs for every person on the planet.

And this also illustrates the exponential growth of iTunes. Just three years ago, Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Ga., downloaded tune number 10 billion -- Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." The service was launched in 2003.

According to Apple, iTunes averages more than 15,000 song downloads per minute. Users also can download TV shows and movies.

-- What are your favorite downloads? Share your listening habits in the comments below.



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