The iTunes Store is an online digital media store operated by Apple. Opening on the 28th of April, 2003, with more than 200,000 items to buy, it was, by April 2008, the no.1 music store in the United States of America. On the 24th of February, 2010, the store reached a major milestone by serving its ten billionth song download. This was a great achievement as it was completed in just a shade below seven years of being online. iTunes sells 70% of the world’s online digital music. This makes the store the biggest legal music vendor. While most of the downloaded music files have formerly included boundaries on their use, generally imposed by FairPlay, Apple's execution of digital rights management, iTunes shifted into marketing DRM-free music, marketed as iTunes Plus. On the 6th of January, 2009, Apple made an announcement that DRM had been detached from 80% of the whole music catalog in the USA.
The store began when Apple signed lucrative deals with the 5 major record labels at that time, namely, EMI, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers Inc, BMG and Sony Music Entertainment. Music from almost 2,000 independent labels was added later.
The store has almost 11,000,000 tracks, comprising of exclusive tracks from a large number of artists. Every day, new songs are added to the vast iTunes catalog. The iTunes Store gets updated every Tuesday. Songs which are downloaded from iTunes are accompanied with song information. But, iTunes provides a free of cost service by Gracenote to provide information for the songs that are not purchased from the iTunes store. Songs that possess an entry into the iTunes store, are also accompanied with album artwork. Purchased songs don’t come with pre-typed lyrics into the application's window. Even iTunes doesn’t provide a service for getting the absent lyrics. However, some third-party applications do exist to locate and add lyrics to one’s music.