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Apple sells 10 billion: The Top 25 Songs in iTunes History

February 25, 2010

2001 brought an end to an era: Not only was it was the start of a new millennia, but it introduced the end of the Sony Walkman: a 5gb iPod mp3 player.

Steve Jobs introduced the product in October of that year with rave reviews and a $400 price-tag, according to LowEndMac.com. The products were first sold in Europe at a massive rate and later introduced to a worldwide audience. With its later generations, additional capabilities and app store, the iPod helped Apple become the 5th largest electronics retailer in the U.S, according to iLounge.com.

iPhone and Mac aside, Apple and its iPod became a permanent fixture for people of all ages. Because it had literally attracted the world’s attention, the iTunes Store (by which iPod consumers purchase their music) had become a fixture in how the music industry rates its sales. Billboard.com reports that the iTunes Store has sold its 10 billionth song (February 24) and is commemorating by listing the top 25 songs sold in its history. The buyer of the 10 billionth song will be given a $10,000 iTunes gift card from Apple, according to Billboard.com.

Most of the songs on the list were released since 2005, says Billboard, with the exception of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” an elder yet recent success after airing in “The Sopranos” series finale and its revamp by FOX’s “Glee” cast.

The list is not surprising, with names such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas and Kanye West, but it is names like Ke$ha, however, that offer hope to the newcomers of the industry.

The Top 25 Most Downloaded Songs in iTunes History is as follows:
1. Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”
2. Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”
3. Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow”
4. Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”
5. Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”
6. Lady Gaga, “Just Dance”
7. Flo Rida, “Low”
8. Taylor Swift, “Love Story”
9. Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
10. Ke$ha, “Tick Tock”
11. Rihanna, “Disturbia”
12. P!nk, “So What”
13. Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl”
14. Beyonce, “Single Ladies”
15. Katy Perry, “Hot N Cold”
16. Kanye West, “Stronger”
17. T.I. feat. Rihanna, “Live Your Life”
18. Plain White T’s, “Hey There Delilah”
19. Flo Rida, “Right Round”
20. Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.”
21. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin'”
22. Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”
23. Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”
24. Owl City, “Fireflies”
25. The Fray, “How to Save a Life”
Is Lady Gaga the new Madonna? Are the Black Eyes Peas waltzing with The Beatles?

No one will know for sure, but it is up to the iPod to determine “who’s next?”.

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The Revolution that is The Apple iPad

January 28, 2010
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iTablet: Apple’s answer to the Kindle

July 28, 2009

You already have a device that plays movies and games on-the-go, right? Well, what if you were able to buy albums with videos, music, and artist’s notes, straight from your device??

Apple has, yet again, answered the cry of all anxious tech-geeks. The “iTablet,” with solely touch-screen capability and WiFi, is said to do all of the above and will defeat any competition with the Amazon Kindle, according to MercuryNews.com.

The “iTablet” is reportedly branching from the iPod line, in which 70% of the North American market has consumed, but is now on the decline.**

Some say that this is the intermediate step between the iPod and the Mac, but no one will no for sure, until the iTablet’s release in 2010.**

 

*Note(s):
**1) http://www.mercurynews.com/topstories/ci_12925222

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Zune vs iPod: a Craig Ferguson analysis

July 23, 2009

This is an old clip of Ferguson’s mock of the Zune release and the future of iPods.

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Apple makes $1.5 billion thru App Store

July 14, 2009

When the iPhone first came on the scene, I thought, “Wow, this is something I can’t afford”…but even Apple has succumb to the recent recession. Nonetheless, Apple zealots continue to flock to the smartphone, making it the most demanded smartphone in North America. With this phone comes, of course, the ability to buy applications and, according to Apple, the iTunes App Store has made more than $1.5 billion in one year.

Apple sold its one billionth app in April 2009 and with 100,000 plus developers, it is sure to surpass two billion before the end of 2009.**

*Note(s):
**1) http://bit.ly/ZsBrt