10 billionth song downloaded from Apple's iTunes Store

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ten billion songs have been downloaded from the iTunes Store, an online digital media store which is owned by Apple Incorporated. Louie Sulcer, of Woodstock in Georgia, downloaded "Guess Things Happen That Way" by American musician, Johnny Cash, which became the ten billionth song downloaded from iTunes. Sulcer won an iTunes gift card worth US$10,000 (approximately £6,550 or 7,380), after purchasing a song on the iTunes Store to win the prize.

Beforehand, Apple had launched a competition entitled "Countdown to 10 Billion Song Downloads", where the person to make the ten billionth "entry" of a song from the iTunes Store would win the gift card. An "entry" could be created by either downloading a song from the iTunes store, or by filling in a form on the Apple website.

The rules of the competition stated that "the downloading of the 10 billionth song is considered to be either the downloading of the 10 billionth song from iTunes or the receipt of the non-purchase entry after the download of the 9,999,999,999th song, whichever comes first." Below is a table of the twenty most downloaded songs of all time from Apple's iTunes Store. The list was initially placed on the website.

Rank Song Artist
1 "I Gotta Feeling" Black Eyed Peas
2 "Poker Face" Lady Gaga
3 "Boom Boom Pow" Black Eyed Peas
4 "I'm Yours" Jason Mraz
5 "Viva la Vida" Coldplay
6 "Just Dance" (feat. Colby O'Donis) Lady Gaga
7 "Low" (feat. T-Pain) Flo Rida
8 "Love Story" Taylor Swift
9 "Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis
10 "TiK ToK" Ke$ha
11 "Disturbia" Rihanna
12 "So What" P!nk
13 "I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry
14 "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Beyoncé
15 "Hot N Cold" Katy Perry
16 "Stronger" Kanye West
17 "Live Your Life" (feat. Rihanna) T.I.
18 "Hey There Delilah" Plain White T's
19 "Right Round" (feat. Ke$ha) Flo Rida
20 "Party in the U.S.A." Miley Cyrus