Apple announced that it has sold its 100 millionth iPod on Monday, claiming the news means the device has become the fastest selling music player in history.

The first iPod was sold five and a half years ago, in November 2001, and since then Apple has introduced over ten new models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle.

“At this historic milestone, we want to thank music lovers everywhere for making iPod such an incredible success,” said Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. “iPod has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for music, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that.”

“It’s hard to remember what I did before the iPod,” said Mary J. Blige, Grammy Award-winning singer. “iPod is more than just a music player, it’s an extension of your personality and a great way to take your favorite music with you everywhere you go.”

The company also observed the fast-paced evolution of the third-party iPod ecosystem, with over 4,000 accessories now available specifically for the iPod. Over 70 per cent of 2007-model US automobiles currently offer iPod connectivity, the company added.