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German techno fan buys 25 billionth song from iTunes

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1111Apple announced the sales milestone in a news release Wednesday. The company says Phillip Lupke of Germany purchased and downloaded Buch's song and will receive an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros, or about $13,500.

It took the Cupertino, Calif., company almost 10 years to reach the milestone. Customers download an average of 15,000 songs a minute from the iTunes music store, which was launched in April 2003. The digital retailer's catalogue is 26 million songs deep.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 7, 2013 C1

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