This is what it looks like when a low-traffic blog like mine ends up on the front page of Digg.com. This happened last Sunday evening with the iTunes sales graph. By Wednesday, the traffic was back to the usual numbers.
Apple recently announced 1 billion songs purchased on iTunes. I dug around the Apple press releases and tracked down some of the major iTunes milestones over the last few years. It’s amazing that there have been 500 million songs purchased since July 2005. That’s 500 million songs purchased in 7 months for an average of 71 million songs purchased per month!
Additional data point: 850 million on Jan 10, 2006 (announced at Macworld)
|Songs Purchased (millions)||
graph created using NCES Create a Graph
In their earnings announement yesterday, eBay provided some very interesting revenue figures for their recently acquired Skype division. eBay acquired Skype on October 14, 2005 and since that time, the Skype unit has had $24.9 million in revenues. At the end of Q4 2005, they reported 74.7 million registered Skype users. This really is tremendous growth. I did some digging around and came up
with these data points for registered Skype users:
|Date||Registered Users (millions)||
(1/18/06 earnings report)
Since August 2005 (5 months), that averages out to 178,000 new Skype users per
day! Below is a chart showing the growth since the first public beta
in August 2003:
Check out Om Malik’s blog for some interesting analysis on the Skype numbers.