Apple says 100 Million iPods Sold

Apple says
that the 100 millionth iPod has been sold, making the iPod the fastest selling
music player in history. The first iPod was sold five and a half years ago, in
November 2001, and since then Apple has introduced more than 10 new iPod
models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two
generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle. Along with iTunes
and the iTunes online music store, the iPod has transformed how tens of
millions of music lovers acquire, manage and listen to their music.

“At
this historic milestone, we want to thank music lovers everywhere for making
iPod such an incredible success,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPod
has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for
music, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that.”

“It’s
hard to remember what I did before the iPod,” said Mary J. Blige, GRAMMY
Award-winning singer. “iPod is more than just a music player, it’s an
extension of your personality and a great way to take your favorite music with
you everywhere you go.”

“Without
the iPod, the digital music age would have been defined by files and folders
instead of songs and albums,” said John Mayer, GRAMMY Award- winning
singer-songwriter and guitarist. “Though the medium of music has changed,
the iPod experience has kept the spirit of what it means to be a music lover
alive.”

The iPod
has also sparked an unprecedented ecosystem of over 4,000 accessories made specifically
for the iPod that range from fashionable cases to speaker systems, and more
than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles currently offer iPod connectivity.

“I
take my running shoes and my iPod with me everywhere,” said Lance Armstrong,
seven-time Tour de France champion. “I listen to music when I run. Having
my music with me is really motivating.”

Every iPod
features seamless integration with iTunes 7. The iTunes Store (http://www.itunes.com)
features the world’s largest catalog with over five million songs, 350
television shows and over 400 movies. The iTunes Store has sold over 2.5
billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies, making it the
world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store.