A young German university student was the lucky recipient of a €10,000 ($13, 525) iTunes Music Store gift card on Wednesday after he had the amazing timing to download the 25 billionth music track sold from the online storefront. Philip Lupke, the young man in question, downloaded an electronic song on Monday called “Monkey Drums,” (Goksel Vancin Remix), by Chase Buch. Lupke told a reporter from the Los Angeles Times that when he got the call from Apple to notify him, he didn’t believe it at first. He bought this particular obscure track after hearing it in a club and liking it, and using Shazam to identify it.
His timing was indeed impeccable, since according to Apple, users download an average of 15,000 songs every minute. 25 billion is also about 3.5 songs for every single person on the planet! It’s also just under 10 times as many songs (260 million) as are available on the entire iTunes Music Store.
Apple will be marking another important anniversary in April of this year, as iTunes will celebrate its 10th birthday. With that in mind, here are some of the more notable milestones iTunes and its users have hit along the way:
- 25 millionth song — “Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Frank Sinatra, 2003
- 100 millionth — “Somersault (Danger Mouse remix),” by English electronica band Zero 7, 2004
- 500 millionth — “Mississippi Girl,” Faith Hill, 2005
- 1 billionth — “Speed of Sound,” Coldplay, 2006
- 10 billionth — “Guess Things Happen That Way,” Johnny Cash, 2010
While a 10,000 Euro gift card is pretty nifty, the person who hit the best jackpot was Alex Ostrovsky, from West Bloomfield, Michigan. For downloading the billionth song, he scored a 20-inch iMac, 10 fifth-generation iPods and a $10,000 gift card, as well as a scholarship set up by Apple at the Julliard School of Music in his name. Not bad for a track that sells for $1.29 ($.99 back in 2006)!