iTunes Store Reaches Five Billion Songs Sold

itunes-store-reaches-five-billion-songs-milestoneApple today announced that iTunes Store has reached its five billion songs milestone. This is impressive, coming less than a year when Apple iTunes Store made its three billion songs milestone. Lets look at the past iTunes Store milestones:

  • iTunes Store sold its one billion songs on February 23 2006.
  • Apple announced the three billion songs milestone on 31 July 2007.
  • In April 2008 we heard the news that iTunes Store has passed Wal-Mart to become the number one music retailer in US based on the amount of music sold during January and February 2008. This data is from market research firm NPD Group’s MusicWatch Survey.

Equally impressive in the same announcement is “iTunes customers are now renting and purchasing over 50,000 movies every day”. According to Apple, this makes iTunes Store “the world’s most popular online movie store.”. Startling figures indeed as iTunes Store has only about 2,000 films in its catalog.

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Mozilla launches Firefox 3

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Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 3, a major update to the popular free open source browser that is “two to three times faster” and uses less memory than its predecessor. As part of the launch on 17 June 2008, Mozilla kicked off a “Download Day” campaign in a bid to set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of software downloads in 24 hours. Mozilla Firefox 3 is available in approximately 50 languages and on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux platforms. Download Mozilla Firefox 3.

If you are a Mac user like we do, you might ponder if there is a need to switch to using Firefox with all the hype around it. Shouldn’t the standard Apple Safari browser be good enough? If you are questioning and not downloading Firefox now, the answer is ‘Yes’. With the recent release of Safari 3.1, Apple has made Safari one of the best browsers in the market and Safari is gaining market share.

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