iTunes Hits 25 Billion Downloads

German customer scores $13,500 gift card for landmark purchase

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iTunes Hits 25 Billion Downloads
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iTunes has hit 25 billion song downloads in its virtual store, Apple announced today. A German customer who bought "Monkey Drums (Goksel Vancin Remix)" by Chase Buch conducted the landmark purchase, and Apple is giving him a gift card worth €10,000, or around $13,500. The company also revealed that the iTunes store averages 15,000 downloaded songs per minute, totaling $1.7 billion in revenue with its 26 billion song catalog in the last quarter of 2012. The virtual store launched almost 10 years ago.

Though Apple posted impressive numbers with iTunes, its song downloads are far below their app downloads: the App Store marked its 40 billionth download last month, with nearly 20 billion downloaded in 2012 alone, though many apps are also available for free.

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