Today marks the 5 year anniversary of iTunes – a corner of Apple’s market that had a hand in making the company so popular today. Here is a rough timeline of events in the last 5 years:
|Apr. 28th 2003||iTunes Launches|
|May 5th 2003||iTunes hits 1 Million Downloads|
|Oct 16th 2003||iTunes for Windows is launched|
|Dec 15th 2003||25 Million Downloads|
|Mar 15th 2004||50 Million Downloads|
|June16th 2004||iTunes UK Launches|
|June 23rd 2004||iTunes UK – 800K downloads|
|July 12th 2004||100 Million Downloads|
|Sept 7th 2004||iTunes Opens to other music players|
|Oct 15th 2004||150 Million|
|Dec 3rd 2004||iTunes Canada|
|Jan 24th 2005||250 Million|
|May 10th 2005||Video iTunes|
|June 24th 2005||iTunes UK – 50 Million|
|Aug 4th 2005||iTunes Japan Launches|
|Aug 8th 2005||1 Million Downloads – iTunes Japan|
|Nov 7th 2005||1 Million Video Downloads|
|Nov 22nd 2005||Apple Ranked 7th in Music Retailers|
|Feb 24th 2006||1 Billion Downloads (Dr. Evil would be so proud;)|
|Apr. 2nd 2007||EMI turns off DRM in iTunes|
|Aug 1st 2007||3 Billion Downloads|
|Apr 3rd 2008||Apple Becomes #1 Retailer of Music|
|Apr 28th 2008||10 Million Songs|
10 million songs, 10,000 plus music videos, 20,000 plus books, 350 television shows, and 1000 feature films. Over 4 Billion songs have been downloaded since it’s inception.
Of course, the music store has seen it’s share of issues. The Beatles lawsuit for the “Apple Corp” name, the DRM issues and multiple companies claiming that they can match or even beat iTunes in songs. Still, five years later, it’s not only still here, but it’s on the top of the heap.
And the fun doesn’t stop there. Rumor of a program that will make your iPhone a Remote Controller and another article speculating iTunes will capture one quarter of Worldwide Music by 2012 has been talked about on the web today. With Apple TV, iPhones and iPods being sold daily, the numbers will increase – more and more will use the service for audio and video.
We congratulate iTunes Music Store for 5 years of great service. We also hope to see many more years of downloads.