Ah, the joy of useless software.
Here's a PHP script that will allow you to grab the current amount of iTunes downloads so you can get ready to grab the 100 millionth song
$filename = 'http://phobos.apple.com/external_counter.js';
$fp = fopen("$filename",r);
$contents = fread($fp, 1024);
if (preg_match("/([0-9]+)/", "$contents", $match))
Test it here: http://oook.xs4all.nl/getiTunesDownloads.php
For extra goodness run the following applescript:
set theCount to (do shell script "curl -s ¬
display dialog "Current iTunes Downloads:" & ¬
return & return & theCount buttons "OK" ¬
default button "OK"
Here's how the script looks when run.
Note that Dutch readers won't be allowed to take part, in fact almost no-one, just our American, German, French and British friends as they have their own iTunes stores.
Still, an interesting script, if only because of the use of number_format.