iTunes Music Store Downloads Top Half a Billion Songs

Jul 18, 2005, 01:00 ET from Apple Computer, Inc.

    CUPERTINO, Calif., July 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) today
 announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than half a
 billion songs from the iTunes(R) Music Store. The 500 millionth song, Faith
 Hill's "Mississippi Girl," was purchased yesterday by Amy Greer from
 Lafayette, Indiana, and as the grand prize winner she will receive 10 iPods to
 share with family and friends, an iTunes gift card for 10,000 songs and an
 all-expenses paid trip for four to see Coldplay on their world tour.
     "Just over two years ago, we sold our first song. Yesterday, we sold our
 half billionth song. WOW!" said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.  "As we cross this
 major milestone, we couldn't be more excited about the future of digital
 music, iTunes and the iPod."
     "Steve and Apple's impact with their complete thought of iPod and iTunes
 will be looked back upon as important as any instrument or device ever created
 for the music industry," said Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M
     With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated
 Podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod(R)
 and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way
 for Mac(R) and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music
 online. The iTunes Music Store features more than 1.5 million songs from the
 major music companies and over 1,000 independent record labels, 10,000
 audiobooks, gift certificates and exclusive music not found anywhere else
     Apple recently launched iTunes 4.9 with everything users need to discover,
 subscribe, manage and listen to Podcasts built right in.  iTunes customers
 have subscribed to more than five million Podcasts from the iTunes Podcast
 Directory which now features over 6,000 free audio programs, making it one of
 the largest Podcast directories in the world.
     Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
 II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
 Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its
 award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife
 and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music
 revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.
     NOTE:  Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iTunes and iPod are
 trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of
 their respective owners.

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