Three billion iTunes and counting

The milometer's ticked over another billion at Apple's iTunes music store - now standing at over three billion downloads strong, which, by anyone's st

The milometer's ticked over another billion at Apple's iTunes music store - now standing at over three billion downloads strong, which, by anyone's standards is 'quite a lot'.By our rough calculation that's an average of 600 sales each for Apple's five million strong catalogue - or around a hundred and seventy five million hours of music, enough to last you about 247 lifetimes.Not surprisingly it now means Apple is the world's biggest music retailer - online or otherwise. Andy's Records can only lick its wounds and think of what might have been.EssentialsContact: AppleRelated stories:iTunes Plus opens for DRM-free business100 million iPods can't be wrongiTunes videos to get European premiere