The path to world domination is paved in round numbers, especially big ones like this: 5 billion.
That's the number of songs that have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store, Apple said Thursday. (Actually, for the record, the press release says "over 5 billion.")
That shouldn't be surprising, of course. Apple's iTunes store has long overshadowed the rest of the music download scene. Rivals have launched many an assault, but even e-commerce competitors as savvy as Amazon.com still face quite an uphill battle--, the No. 2 digital music store, are only a tenth the volume of those at iTunes, according to market researcher NPD Group.
Apple is, in fact, the, period, having pushed past Wal-mart Stores earlier this year. And it seems to be making a healthy . No wonder many a politician is toying with the notion of .
The company also said on Tuesday that iTunes customers are toting upper day.