MUSIC PUNTERS in the UK have legally downloaded one billion music singles.
According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Official Charts Company, the one billion landmark was reached late on Monday 8 April evening. We do not know what the billionth song was. We expect it was crap.
"The digital music revolution has made it easy to buy any song you like, instantly, for half the price of a coffee," said BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor.
"As fans increasingly download music on the move, tablets, smartphones and connected cars will drive another phase in digital music's expansion."
This sort of news is always good for some facts and figures, and the BPI told us that it would take almost 7,000 years to listen to all of the billion single downloads back to back.
Official Charts Company MD Martin Talbot said, "The explosion in download sales over the past nine years means we are genuinely now living in the digital music age - with Adele as our queen!"
He continued, "Over the nine years of legitimate digital music, more than 16 new tracks have sold [one] million copies, which emphasises just how popular digital music is in the modern age."
As Talbot said, Adele has sold the most digital singles with 1.46 million. Second is Maroon 5 with Move's Like Jagger which sold 1.46 million digital copies, and third is Goyte ft Timbra, which sounds like a medical condition, with 1.38 million. Fourth is I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas. That has sold 1.34 million.
If you are interested in listening to the billion downloads back to back and have a time machine, set it for 4646BC and go back and have yourself some fun. We'll see you on the other side. µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home