There was no iPhone 5 announcement at last night’s Apple press launch: its next smartphone is the iPhone 4S, which is an improved iPhone 4 with a faster processor and better camera. Its key new feature is called Siri, which promises natural-language voice controls. But from Music Ally’s point of view, Apple’s latest stats were just as interesting. More than 16 billion songs have been downloaded from the iTunes Store, which has a catalogue of 20 million tracks – and more than a third of songs being sold now are via iOS devices rather than computers. Apple has sold 300 million iPods in the 10 years since the first model, and 45 million in the year between July 2010 and June 2011. Meanwhile, Apple has sold 250 million iOS devices in total: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. More than one billion iOS apps are downloaded every month, and the App Store has overtaken iTunes music with 18 billion total app downloads to date. Apple has paid out more than $3 billion to app developers, too. During the event, Apple revealed that its iCloud service will launch on 12 October, with the iTunes Match scan’n’match feature following by the end of [...]
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