Apple's iTunes Music Store has sold 100 million songs, according to a statement on the Apple Web site, which reads: "100 million songs have been legally downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. A major milestone for online music."

Apple began a countdown in July from 95 million to 100 million songs sold, offering a giveaway promotion to users in the four countries where the iTunes Music Store is available.

Apple offered 50 special 20GB iPods to purchasers of each 100,000th song sold. The customer who bought the 100 millionth song received a 17-inch PowerBook, a 40GB iPod and a gift certificate for 10,000 iTunes songs.

Steve Jobs had hoped that Apple would sell 100 million songs by the time the service reached its one year anniversary on April 28, 2004. The iTunes Music Store fell short of that goal by some 30 million songs, but Jobs still celebrated the anniversary by announcing that iTunes Music Store had "exceeded (Apple's) wildest expectations".

The iTunes Music Store is available to Mac and Windows users in the US, UK, France and Germany. The service offers hundreds of thousands of songs from leading commercial and independent artists, and provides features including music charts, allowances and gift certificates and user-generated "iMix" playlists.