According to a Campus Times article, five million songs were ever
recorded as of October 2003.
?As of now, there are about 1 million songs in print, meaning that
there is a record plant somewhere stamping them onto various media to
be sold in stores.
This unfortunately only represents 20 percent of the total number of
songs ever recorded. Therefore, there are 4 million songs which one
cannot legally buy, as they aren't even being pressed onto CD's
anymore, and downloading them is illegal because many of them are
copyrighted, so hopefully you don't actually have any desire to listen
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