Apple has announced that the 100-millionth iPod has been sold, claiming the MP3 device is the fastest-selling music player in history.

The company sold its first iPod about five and a half years ago, in November 2001. Since then Apple has introduced more than 10 new iPod models, with five iPod generations, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle. The company has increased capacity of hard disk-based iPods from 5Gb to a maximum of 80Gb and has downscaled the iPod to something smaller than a matchbook that can be clipped to a lapel or jacket in the latest generation iPod mini.

Apple's success with the iPod has grown with its worldwide distribution of iTunes, the jukebox software that provides a way for people to organise and listen to their digital music, as well as buy and download music legally online. The iTunes Store sports more than five million songs at latest count, with 350 TV shows and more than 400 movies.

Apple notes that the iTunes Store has sold more than 2.5 billion songs, 50 million TV shows and more than 1.3 million movies since its inception, making it the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store.