More Than 5 Billion Served

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More Than 5 Billion Served

How do you like them numbers, Apple? Five billion songs sold so far, and 50,000 movies every day.


Apple has announced that the iTunes Store has sold more than 5 billion songs. (I wonder how many copies of "The Final Countdown" that includes, other than the one I'm currently rocking out to. Wow, currently unavailable in the U.S. store, too -- do I have a limited edition on my hands? I digress...)


But we know what those 5 billion didn't include: Yes, the Beatles, who are still absent. And a few others, like Kid Rock, who recently told the BBC that he's not in the store yet because the model doesn't pay artists fairly, just Apple and the record labels. But he's a smart dude and figures he'll wind up there eventually "because I can't avoid it." (Resistance being futile and all...)


Another holdout is Garth Brooks, because he wants fans to buy his full albums, not individual songs. Ropin' the Wind has no throwaway tracks, darn it, none! It'd be like listening to an opera all out of order, or while jamming a stick in your eye.


Anyway, Apple also had news to share about its movie business, announcing that it's renting and selling more than 50,000 movies per day. The company didn't split out how many are rented versus sold, so it's probably more rentals. Still, 1.5 million movies per month is nothing to sneeze at.


Do you rent movies through iTunes? Did you know about the special 99-cent movie rental of the week? Currently it's The Magnificent Seven (which is in iTunes here). I still wish I could rent TV shows (especially this one), but that probably won't happen anytime soon.



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