This week Apple has made it clear that they're continuing to bust up the record books with a massive 25 billion songs sold. This record takes on the digital sales record with the iTunes Store having reached a 15,000 song downloads per minute mark on average - crazy stuff! The 25 billionth song sold goes to none other than Chase Buch with the song “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix), and rewards are in store!
This 25 billionth song not only gets the distinction of being that mark-maker, but also has the artist winning a beastly €10,000 iTunes Gift Card. One wonders if they'll simply purchase thousands of copies of their own music or if they'll pick up every single song recorded in the last several years. One thing is for certain - even with that amount of iTunes cash, Chase Buch won't be able to purchase everything the iTunes Store has to offer.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services spoke up this week about the masterful mark. Noting the 15,000 songs per minute average sales point as well, Cue spoke up on how "the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists ... on a scale we never imagined possible.” It was also made clear once again that the iTunes Store is "the world's most popular music store" complete with 119 countries on its roster and 26 million songs available for download.
In their most recent release on the iTunes Store, Apple reminded the world that they push songs with "iTunes Plus". This is Apple's own brand format for songs which offers DRM-free action with 256 kbps AAC encoding for what Apple describes as "audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings." It's high-powered!