Apple reveals top iTunes downloads of past decade

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WHEN APPLE kicked off its iTunes Store almost a decade ago it had just 200,000 songs at 99 cents each.

Since then its sold a staggering 25 billion songs.

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, oversees Apple's content stores including the iTunes Store, the App Store and the iBookstore, as well as Siri, Maps, iAd and Apple's  iCloud services. 

"When Apple introduced the iTunes Store on 28 April, 2003, we thought if consumers had a great, legal way to download music they would embrace it - did they ever,'' Cue said.

"Apple was floored, as were the labels, when customers bought over one million songs during the first week.

"And now, 10 years later, we continue to be amazed by how much customers love the iTunes Store with more than 25 billion songs sold.

Milestones throughout the history of iTunes:

28 April, 2003: Apple launched the iTunes Music Store with 200,000 songs at 99c each

September 2003: 10 millionth song downloaded on iTunes - "Complicated", Avril Lavigne

October 2003: iTunes for Windows is released

March 2004: 50 millionth song downloaded on iTunes - "The Path of Thorns", Sarah McLachlan

July 2004: 100 millionth song downloaded on iTunes - "Somersault (Dangermouse Remix)", Zero 7

December 2004: iTunes downloads hit 200 million songs

July 2005: 500 millionth song downloaded on iTunes - "Mississippi Girl", Faith Hill

October 2005: The iTunes Store debuts in Australia

Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne

Top songs in Australia for iTunes in the past 10 years

Top selling song overall in Australia in the first year - Ben Lee, Catch My Disease.

Top selling album overall in Australia in the first year - Sarah Blasko, The Overture & The Underscore.

Top 10 songs

 Youth Group, Forever Young

  Eskimo Joe, Black Fingernails, Red Wine

  Gnarls Barkley, Crazy

  Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Dani California

  Justin Timberlake, Sexyback (Main Version)

  Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Gold Digger

  TV Rock, Flaunt It

  P!nk, Who Know

Wolfmother lead singer Andrew Stockdale in Byron Bay in 2009.
Wolfmother lead singer Andrew Stockdale in Byron Bay in 2009. DAVID NIELSEN

Top 10 albums

  Bernard Fanning, Tea & Sympathy

  Wolfmother, Wolfmother

  Madonna, Confessions on a Dance Floor

  James Blunt, Back to Bedlam

  Eskimo Joe, Black Fingernails Red Wine

  Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere

  Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way

  P!nk, I'm Not Dead

  Various Artists, Sessions 3 Digital Edition from Ministry of Sound

Coldplay's Chris Martin performs at Splendour in the Grass. CONTRIBUTED.
Coldplay's Chris Martin performs at Splendour in the Grass. CONTRIBUTED.

More iTunes milestones

February 2006: 1 billionth song downloaded on iTunes - "Speed of Sound", Coldplay

December 2006: The iTunes Store debuts in New Zealand

January 2007: iTunes song downloads top 2 billion

July 2007: iTunes song downloads top 3 billion

July 2008: App Store debuts with 500 apps

January 2009: All music on iTunes is DRM-free

February 2010: 10 billionth song downloaded on iTunes- "Guess Things Happen That Way", Johnny Cash

November 2010: The entire Beatles catalogue is available digitally for the first time - exclusively on iTunes

June 2012: The iTunes Store debuts in Singapore and nine additional countries in Asia

October 2012: AC/DCs catalogue is now available digitally for the first time - exclusively on iTunes

28 April 2013: The iTunes Store celebrates a decade of iTunes

Topics:  apple, editors picks, itunes

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