It was ten years ago today that an event would occur that would change the way that the music industry would operate; this event was the launch of iTunes.
iTunes emerged on the 29th of April 2003, at a time when CD’s were still the norm and regulated digital music downloads seemed an unreachable flight of fancy. Fast forward ten years and iTunes has more than conquered this challenge; gone are the days of downloading music from Kazaa and iTunes has grown into a multimedia powerhouse.
To celebrate the anniversary of the first decade of iTunes, we have put together ten interesting facts about what has become the world’s largest music retailer.
- In its first few months of its US operation, over 10 million songs were downloaded through iTunes
- Since iTunes was launched, more than 25 billion songs have been sold
- The user-base of iTunes currently stands as more that 435 million users
- The most downloaded track hitherto is “I gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas
- The biggest selling song in the year of iTunes’ lauch was Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”
- The top selling album through iTunes in the year of its launched was Jack Johnsons “On and On”
- iTunes music catalogue consists of over 35million songs
- iTunes is available in more than 119 countries
- In the first year of iBooks (2010), 100million books were sold through the service
- The first iTunes silhouette ad (see above) was launched on the 7th October 2003
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