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iTunes Downloads Top 100 Million Songs

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iTunes Music Store Downloads Top 100 Million Songs

CUPERTINO, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple® today

announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 100 million

songs from the iTunes® Music Store, marking a major milestone for the

emerging online music business. The 100 millionth song, "Somersault

(Dangermouse remix)" by Zero7 was purchased by Kevin Britten, age 20, of Hays,

Kansas on Sunday, July 11. As the grand prize winner of Apple's 100 million

song countdown, Kevin Britten will receive a 17-inch PowerBook®, a 40GB

iPod®, a gift certificate for 10,000 iTunes songs to create the ultimate

music library for his iPod and the opportunity to create his own Celebrity

Playlist to be published on the iTunes Music Store.

"As we cross this historic milestone, we want to thank our customers, the

artists and the music labels who have embraced our dream for iTunes," said

Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "iTunes quickly outpaced the competition and is far

and away the world's number one online music service."

Apple offers a complete solution for discovering, buying, managing and

listening to digital music anywhere with the unbeatable combination of iTunes,

iPod and the new AirPort Express™ with AirTunes™ which lets music lovers

wirelessly stream music from their Mac® or PC to a stereo located in any

room in their home.

The iTunes Music Store in the US, UK, France and Germany offers over

700,000 songs in each country. With Apple's legendary ease-of-use, pioneering

features, personal use rights and breakthrough pricing of just $0.99,

euro 0.99 and 0.79 pounds Sterling, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for

PC and Mac users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. The

iTunes Music Store gives users the ability to play songs on up to five

personal computers, burn a song onto CDs an unlimited number of times, burn

the same playlist up to seven times and listen to their music on an unlimited

number of iPods.

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, Macintosh, Mac, Mac OS, iTunes, PowerBook,

iPod, AirPort Express and AirTunes are either registered trademarks or

trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of

their respective owners.

http://www.apple.com/

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It's inevitable that paid downloads will increase over time... 100 million sounds like a lot, but it wont make ITunes profitable--they make their money off of IPod sales

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