Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store has passed the 500 million paid-download milestone. The feat was achieved yesterday (July 17) when Amy Greer from Lafayette, Indiana purchased Faith Hill's "Mississ

Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store has passed the 500 million paid-download milestone.

The feat was achieved yesterday (July 17) when Amy Greer from Lafayette, Indiana purchased Faith Hill's "Mississippi Girl" (Warner Bros.). Greer received 10 iPods an iTunes voucher for 10,000 songs and tickets to see Coldplay perform live.

"As we cross this major milestone, we couldn't be more excited about the future of digital music, iTunes and the iPod," comments Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement.

The computer giant launched its market-leading online music service in the United States in April 2003. European stores followed, beginning with the simultaneous launch in June 2004 of services in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Just last month, iTunes confirmed its European version had pushed past the 50 million paid-download milestone. The company does not break out sales figures by territory.

Apple has yet to confirm a launch date for imminent iTunes services in Japan and Australia.

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboardbiz

Print