iTunes Song Purchases plotted on a graph

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!

2/26/06 Update:

Additional data point: 850 million on Jan 10, 2006 (announced at Macworld)


Songs Purchased (millions)


05/15/2003 1 Apple
06/23/2003 5 Apple
09/8/2003 10 Apple
12/15/2003 25 Apple
03/15/2004 50 Apple
07/12/2004 100 CNN
12/16/2004 200 Apple
07/17/2005 500 Apple
02/24/2006 1000 Apple

graph created using NCES Create a Graph

eBay reports Skype revenue

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)




(History section)
3/11/2005 29 Wikipedia
(History section)
8/14/2005 50 Skype
9/12/2005 54 Skype
10/25/2005 61 Skype
12/31/2005 75 eBay
(1/18/06 earnings report)

Since August 2005 (5 months), that averages out to 178,000 new Skype users per
! 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.