Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store has sold its 100 millionth legal download. The computer giant says the milestone was reached when Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas, yesterday downloaded "Somersault (D
Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store has sold its 100 millionth legal download.
The computer giant says the milestone was reached when Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas, yesterday downloaded "Somersault (Dangermouse remix)" by Ultimate Dilemma/East West-signed British electronic act Zero 7.
Britten won a PowerBook computer, an iPod portable music player and a voucher for 10,000 downloads.
On June 15, Apple pressed the button on its three European operations -- in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany; the service launched in the United States in April 2003.
"iTunes quickly outpaced the competition and is far and away the world's number-one online music service," comments Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement.
The company did not break out sales figures by territory.
Although the service claims to offer 700,000 titles, Apple has yet to resolve its content-licensing dispute with British labels' trade body the Association of Independent Music. To date, the European iTunes Music Store's catalog is largely drawn from major labels.
"I think Apple has made it pretty clear that they do not want to deal with AIM, but talks are ongoing with labels individually," says an independent label source close to the process. "We hope to have more positive news soon," he adds.