On Wednesday, Apple sold its 10 billionth iTunes song at 9:43 pm GMT, about 6 years and 10 months after the iTunes Store’s opening. The store has come a long way since then: it used to be called the iTunes Music Store and sold just music, but now it sells video, TV shows, and podcasts in addition to music. Apple said that the lucky customer who bought the 10 billionth song received a $10,000 gift card to the iTunes Store, as promised.
$10,000 is roughly enough money to fill an entire iPod Touch with music. It’s quite a generous gift, but pales in comparison to what Apple did in 2006 when it sold the billionth song. Back then, the winner received a gift card, a 20-inch iMac, 10 60 GB iPods, and music scholarship in his or her name.
The most downloaded song of all time is The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” according to rankings on Apple’s website. The rankings do not show the number of downloads per song.
Via PC World, image via Apple.