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iTunes hits five billion songs sold

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, June 19, 2008
News Categories: iTunes

Apple has announced that the iTunes Store has now sold over five billion songs. In addition, it revealed that the store is now renting and selling more than 50,000 movies every day, making iTunes the world’s most popular online movie store. According to Apple, the store now offers a catalog of over eight million songs, over 20,000 TV episodes and over 2,000 films including over 350 in HD.

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1

8 million songs and I still can’t find what I’m looking for.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on June 19, 2008 at 6:14 AM (PDT)

2

That’s what Bono said!

Posted by Ed on June 19, 2008 at 6:28 AM (PDT)

3

With or without you…I will continue to download.

Posted by Adam on June 19, 2008 at 6:29 AM (PDT)

4

I think the count is wrong and they included free content in the count. When you get a free song they still process it thru there system like you paid for it. They even sent you an email reciept showing you paid nothing for it

Posted by Shameless on June 19, 2008 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

5

Don’t worry Shameless…I’m sure Amazon.com is counting all those Pepsi points used for mp3 downloads too.

Posted by Adam on June 20, 2008 at 5:51 AM (PDT)

6

Though maybe not completely semantically correct with the statement, counting the free songs as part of “sold” is appropriate. It brings people to the store and gets use.

Posted by studogvetmed in Loveland, CO on June 20, 2008 at 10:12 AM (PDT)

7

They were sold, just for $0, look at your receipt wink

If I remember correctly, one of the winners a few years ago of one of their countdown promotions for a songs sold milestone won by redeeming a Pepsi cap before Apple & Pepsi had their falling out for cross promotion.

Apple, being Apple, is not about to tell us the true number of songs sold for money versus sold for mindshare. However, with two free singles given away every week and an install base for iTunes of around 40 million, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the number of tracks sold for actual money is probably nowhere close to 5 billion. If just half the iTunes users downloaded just one of the free tracks per week, you’d already have accounted for more than one billion tracks “sold” per year.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on June 22, 2008 at 7:34 AM (PDT)

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