Apple's iTunes Hits 250M Download Mark (UPDATE)

Apple Computer and its iTunes Music Store (iTMS) has sold more than 250 million songs since first going online in April 2003, the company announced Monday.

Apple said it is selling more than 1.25 million songs per day, or an annual run rate of about 500 million songs per year. At its current selling rate, iTMS sales will hit one billion around the start of 2006.

The iTMS is now available in fifteen countries, which together represent more than 70% of the global music market, the company said. Appleis US iTMS claims to offer over one million songs.

iTunes Music Store Key Dates
April 28, 2003Apple Launches iTunes Music Store
May 6, 2003One million songs sold on iTMS
May 14, 2003Two million songs sold on iTMS
June 23, 2003Five million songs sold on iTMS
September 8, 2003Ten million songs sold on iTMS
October 16, 2003Apple & Pepsi launch giveaway of 100 million free songs
October 20, 2003One million copies of iTunes for Windows downloaded in less than four days
November 6, 20031.5 million songs sold on iTMS in one week
December 15, 200325 million songs sold on iTMS
March 15, 200450 million songs sold on iTMS
April 28, 2004Over 70 million songs sold on iTMS
May 5, 20043.3 million songs sold on iTMS in one week
June 15, 2004Apple launches iTMS in UK, France & Germany
June 23, 2004iTMS in Europe sells 800,000 songs in first week
July 12, 2004100 million songs sold on iTMS
August 10, 2004iTMS catalog tops one million songs
October 14, 2004150 million songs sold on iTMS
October 26, 2004Apple launches iTMS in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain
November 30, 2004Apple launches iTMS in Canada
December 16, 2004200 million songs sold on iTMS
January 6, 2005Apple launches iTMS in Ireland
January 24, 2005250 million songs sold on iTMS