Over One Billion Served

By on February 24, 2006

Early yesterday morning Apple sold its 1 billionth song through iTunes Music Service.

The billionth song ”Speed of Sound” was purchased as part of Coldplay’s “X&Y” album by Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, Michigan and as the grand prize winner he will receive a 20-inch iMac, 10 fifth generation iPods and a $10,000 gift card good for any item on the iTunes Music Store. In addition, Apple will establish a scholarship to the world-renowned Juilliard School in his name to commemorate this milestone.

Holy cow! What a prize package! You can’t say Apple isn’t generous, but the Julliard thing is a bit over the top if you ask me.

You’re probably thinking, “I heard about that already,” but here’s a little trivia to make this post a little worthwhile: If you had one billion songs in your playlist and played them back to back, after 5,700 years* you would still have almost another eight years before you reached the end. By comparison, if Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, MI, were to spend his $10,000 IMS wad only on iTunes music, he’d end up with enough music to last just over 21 days*, and would be more than a 30GB iPod can hold.

And one other little tidbit I learned today; you can actually buy an iPod through iTunes, lending some credence to the assertion that iTunes exists to sell iPods. Go figure.

(*assuming an average of 3 minutes per song, encoded as MP3 at 160kbps, and 44.1kHz sample rate.)

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  1. I know a bit about music, but math is not my best skill. However, I don’t see how the encoding and/or sample rate would affect the playback speed of a 3 minute song.

    Am I just so stuck in a world where music was recorded to analog tape and mastered to vinyl that some of this new stuff the kids are doing involves time travel too?

  2. I don’t see how the encoding and/or sample rate would affect the playback speed of a 3 minute song.

    And you’re absolutely right. I was thinking of throwing in something about the amount of disk space all that music would occupy, but changed my mind and didn’t pull that blurb from the post.

    Thanks for the correction.

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