The iTunes store, now the biggest selling music retailer in North America, announced today that music fans have now purchased and downloaded over ten billion songs from the store in its almost seven year history.

The store, which opened on April 28, 2003, took almost three years to sell its first billion songs but is now selling about a billion songs every four months.

Since its inception, the iTunes Music Store has morphed into the iTunes store and now sells or rents over 50,000 movies a day making it the world's most popular online movie store.

The store now has with a catalog of over twelve million songs, over 55,000 TV episodes and over 8,500 movies. The following are some of milestones for the world's largest online media store.
  • 10 Billion Songs - Feb 2010
  • 5 Billion Songs - June 2008
  • 4 Billion Songs - January 2008
  • 3 Billion Songs - July 2007
  • 1 Billion Songs - February 2006
  • 500 million songs - July 2007
  • 1 million videos - October 2005
  • 250 million songs - January 2005
  • iTunes Music Store Opens in Canada - December 2004
  • 150 million songs - October 2004
  • 25 million songs - December 2003
  • iTunes Music Store Opens - April 2003

Apple says the 10 billionth song downloaded was Johnny Cash's Guess Things Happen That Way. The track earned the buyer Louie Sulcer from Woodstock, Georgia an iTunes gift card worth US$10,000.