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Apple's iTunes store tops 25 billion songs downloaded

Apple has announced that music lovers have purchased more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes store.

The milestone song purchased was "Monkey Drums" (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch. It was purchased by a very lucky user named Phillip Lüpke from Germany, who will receive an iTunes gift card from Apple valued at about €10,000 (£8,640).

"We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in a statement.

"Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible."

In a statement, Wesley Schultz, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers, said that iTunes has, in many ways, "leveled the playing field for musicians," because it's where most people go to buy digital music.

"iTunes doesn't exclude any musicians simply because they're not yet established or popular," he added.

The iTunes store, which first launched in 2003, currently boasts more than 26 million songs, and is available in 119 countries. While selling 25 billion songs is a huge milestone, it's not quite as impressive as the number of apps Apple has peddled. Apple last month announced that its App Store hit 40 billion app downloads, half of which were logged in 2012 alone.