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Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 06:00 am PT (09:00 am ET)

Apple's iTunes Store: 3 billion served

Apple said Tuesday that more than three billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store since its inception back in April of 2003.

The Apple download service has grown into the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store — featuring a catalog of over five million songs, 550 television shows and 500 movies.

“We’d like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milestone,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes.

The iTunes Store also recently surpassed Amazon and Target to become the third largest music retailer in the US.