Apple has just announced a pretty significant milestone: 25 billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from iTunes.
According to Apple, the 25 billionth song was “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch, and was downloaded by a guy named Phillip Lüpke from Germany. For this distinctive honor, Lüpke will receive an iTunes gift card worth €10,000.
This isn't the first time Apple has given out a big prize when they hit a milestone. Back in March of 2012, Apple's App Store hit 25 billion downloads and the company gave a Chinese man a $10,000 iTunes gift card.
“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”
The iTunes catalog features over 26 million songs and is available in 119 countries.