25 billion served up: iTunes reaches milestone

25 billion served up: iTunes reaches milestone

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Posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:18 AM

(AP) — The answer to the trivia question will be: "Monkey Drums (Goskel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch." That's the 25 billionth song purchased on iTunes.

Apple announced the sales milestone in a news release Wednesday. The company says Phillip Lupke of Germany purchased and downloaded Buch's song and will receive an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros, or about $13, 500.

It took the Cupertino, Calif., company 12 years to reach the milestone. Customers download an average of 15,000 songs a minute on iTunes, which was launched in January 2001. The digital retailer's catalog is 26 million songs deep.

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