Apple Celebrates iTunes’ 10th Anniversary With “A Decade Of iTunes” Milestone Timeline Feature

The tenth anniversary of Apple’s iTunes service is coming up on April 28 and to commemorate the event Apple has posted a new iTunes Store feature called “A Decade of iTunes.” The feature is an interactive timeline on the iTunes Store and features milestones for the iTunes Store by year, including song downloads, iPod hardware, and musical touchstones.

“A Decade of iTunes” walks you through the past ten years and all the important events that took place on iTunes, starting with the launch day when U2’s “Stuck in a Momdent” and Beck’s “Sea Change” topped the sales list and finishing off with the release of Justin Timberlake’s newest album, “The 20/20 Experience,” which set a new worldwide record for album sales in its first week.

Each year features a list of hardware announcements, beginning with the third-generation iPod touch, which launched the same year as the iTunes Store. Each year also lists the top-selling songs and albums on iTunes for that year.

With 2013 only having just kicked off, it’s a pretty short list, but includes major milestones like the 40 billionth app downloaded from the App Store, 25 billion songs sold though iTunes, and 1 billion courses downloaded from iTunes U.

The iTunes Store has definitely made its mark over the years. It’s now available in 119 countries, following its major expansion last December. Take a few minutes to check out “A Decade of iTunes,” if for nothing more than to reminisce over those songs you used to love but have since forgotten.

Kaylie lives in Ottawa and got her first Mac in 2007 and is now a fan for life.