The 10 billionth song, “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash, was purchased by Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia. As the winner of the iTunes Countdown to 10 Billion Songs, Louie will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card.
So, how many songs has Apple actually sold, using that quaint, old-fashioned, definition of selling? The iTunes store hit 3 billion downloads in July 2007, shortly after iTunes Plus was launched. However, DRM wasn't removed from every song in the store until two years later, around the time it hit the 6 billion mark. That likely puts the total "sold" at somewhere around 5 billion, given that between 2007 and 2009, the number of DRM-free songs steadily increased.
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