Apple sells 100 million iPods

Apple has sold its 100 millionth iPod in just over five years, boasting that the digital device was “the fastest selling music player in history”.

Since its November 2001 launch, the portable music player has become the must-have gadget worldwide, with Apple introducing more than 10 new models to incorporate changing technology such as the ability to record and play videos, hold photos, and with more varied, fashionable colours.

“iPod has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for music, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that,” Apple’s COE Steve Jobs said in a statement.

Apple said its iTunes online music store has sold more than 2.5 billion songs, 50 million television shows and more than 1.3 million movies.

The market-leading iPod has taken over from the original portable audio player with headphones, or the Walkman, that was launched by Sony Corp. in 1979.

The iPod has also sparked a vast range of over 4,000 accessories varying from cases to speaker systems and more than 70 percent of 2007-model U.S. cars offer iPod connectivity.

Source: Reuters

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