â€œWe 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,â€� said Eddy Cue, Appleâ€™s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. â€œAveraging 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.â€�
â€œIn a lot of ways, iTunes has leveled the playing field for musicians. Whether youâ€™re unsigned, indie, major, whateverâ€”itâ€™s the place most people go to buy digital music,â€� said Wesley Schultz, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers. â€œiTunes doesnâ€™t exclude any musicians simply because theyâ€™re not yet established or popular.â€�
The iTunes Store is the worldâ€™s most popular music store with a catalog of over 26 million songs and over 25 billion songs downloaded, and is available in 119 countries. The iTunes Store is the best way for iPhoneÂ®, iPadÂ®, iPodÂ®, MacÂ® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes PlusÂ®, Appleâ€™s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to your devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to your iOS devices.
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