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100 Million iPods—in Sony's Face

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It's official. Apple has sold 100 million iPods. According to the press release, this isn't just some round number. Apparently, 100 million units sold in five and a half years makes the iPod "the fastest selling music player in history." As if that wasn't enough of a potshot at Sony, makers of the now-forgotten Walkman, the press release goes on to quote Sony recording artist John Mayer, who sings the praises of the little white devil.

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Press release excerpts after the jump.

Here's what Mayer's publicist said he said:

"Without the iPod, the digital music age would have been defined by files and folders instead of songs and albums," said John Mayer, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist. "Though the medium of music has changed, the iPod experience has kept the spirit of what it means to be a music lover alive."

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The release also includes comments by Mary J. Blige and Apple amigo Lance Armstrong.

100 Million iPods Sold [Apple]

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Look at that .. Little Steevie all grown up. I remember when he was tinkering with stuff in the garage, and now he is a grown man selling music thingies. Congrats, Mr. Jobs.

(BTW .. I have a sneaking suspicion that Microsoft is losing more sleep over this report than Sony. Sony has it's sights set on capturing the high definition video market, whereas Microsoft is throwing money at the Zune trying to catch up with Apple. Still, you sort of get the sense, right now, that Apple can take whatever market it wants.)