The iTunes Store is approaching 10 billion song downloads and Apple is awarding a $10,000 iTunes gift certificate to the customer who purchases the landmark song. If you don’t want to purchase a song, you can fill out a form at apple.com up to 25 times per day in lieu of spending money.
In January 2009, Apple revealed a cumulative download total of 6 billion, according to Digital Music News. Slightly more than one year later, the 10 billion mark is imminent.
“iTunes changed the way you buy music, making songs and albums available for download, day or night," Apple declared in a statement. “Seven years later, we’re about to celebrate our biggest milestone for music, yet: 10 billion songs downloaded."
According to Rolling Stone, Apple has put together a special download called the "Most Downloaded iTunes Songs of All Time," which compiles the 25 most downloaded tracks in its seven year history in anticipation of their 10 billionth download. Apple’s sales have increased significantly in the last year, and many of the most downloaded tracks are recent hits. The number one and three most downloaded songs are The Black Eyed Peas’ "I Gotta Feeling" and "Boom Boom Pow," respectively. Lady Gaga sits at number two with "Poker Face." The only song on the list from the 20th century is Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believin’" at number 21.
The contest is restricted to the United States, the U.K., Canada, and Australia.