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Johnny Cash Song Is iTunes’ 10,000,000,000th Download

February 25, 2010

Apple today announced that its iTunes Store has reached the significant milestone of 10 billion songs downloaded, as noted yesterday. The company also revealed that the winner of its “Countdown to 10 Billion Songs” contest is Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia, who purchased “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash to push Apple to the milestone. Sulcer will receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card, along with a phone call from Cash’s daughter. Coincidentally, the name of the song is “Guess Things Happen That Way” and tomorrow would have been Johnny Cash’s 78th birthday!

We’re grateful to all of our customers for helping us reach this amazing milestone,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “We’re proud that iTunes has become the number one music retailer in the world, and selling 10 billion songs is truly staggering.

Apple notes in the press release that the iTunes Store currently offers a catalog of over 12 million songs, over 55,000 TV episodes and over 8,500 movies including over 2,500 in high definition.

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