Apple Announces Winner of 10 Billion Song Contest

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    Apple today announced that its iTunes Store has reached the significant milestone of 10 billion songs downloaded, as we noted yesterday. The company also revealed that the winner of its "Countdown to 10 Billion Songs" contest is Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia, who purchased "Guess Things Happen That Way" by Johnny Cash to push Apple to the milestone. Sulcer will receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card.

    Apple notes in the press release that the iTunes Store currently offers a catalog of over 12 million songs, over 55,000 TV episodes and over 8,500 movies including over 2,500 in high definition.

    Article Link: Apple Announces Winner of 10 Billion Song Contest
     
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    Johnny Cash rocks!!! That is all I have.
     
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    Congrats to him! Hopefully he doesn't spend it all in one place...wait... :eek:
     
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    Glad someone with taste won.
     
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    So if the winner was the person that purchased the 10 billionth song, what was the purpose of having a 25 limit per day entry?
     
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    Yuck on the song, but contrats to the winner :p .
     
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    Poor guy wakes up to a $3,000 tax bill.
     
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    Wow it wasn't a rap song that won? Crazy.


    Congrats, but good luck with the taxes on that thing.
     
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    So when it got close, someone (who had some money) wouldn't go buy $2000 worth of music to win $10000.

    But realistically, it didn't matter much anyway.
     
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    Glad to hear that The Man in Black is what won this contest...
     
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    Apple is getting cheap. The prize for 1 billion was better :p

     
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    I thought I did I bought Eminem Relapse: Refill about that same time.
     
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    They Spelled my name wrong, and i don't live in Georgia...this is awkward

    well, at least i don't have to pay all those taxes
     
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    Congratulations to them!

    I'm glad someone won with a great Taste in Music! Better than some RAP/HIP-HOP CRAP :)
     
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    Bugger, it was suppose to be me! I demand a recount! :p
     
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    If its a "gift", does it make a difference with the tax implications?
     
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    No kidding. My thoughts exactly.
     
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    Just out of interest, is this a contest only for americans?

    It seems it has been an american both times, and given the amount of songs sold from worldwide stores it seems questionable.
     
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    The contest entry rules varied by country. Obviously in those countries where the iTunes store isn't allowed, entries were not possible.
     
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    Word! I wish it was one of my iTunes releases though. Hello, free advertising. :p
     
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    Nope.
     

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    if it's a gift there is no tax on the first $11K, but only individuals and married couples can gift to other individuals so moot point. This is a prize won in a contest so its considered income and taxable at whatever the winners tax rate is. The tragedy would be if this $10K prize bumped him up to the next bracket.

    BTW no one noted the irony of the winning song title.
     
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    They are sour, said the fox about the grapes. :rolleyes:

    You tax the cash-value of the giftcard. In this case, the case value of the gift is specified by apple to be 1/100 of a dollar (i.e. 1 cent). Yes, he will have to pay taxes... on one cent (or worst case on 100 dollars, if they count it as 1 cent per dollar)

    At worst he will pay 14 dollars for a 10,000 dollar gift card. Not too shabby. That is front-page on slickdeals.net for sure :)
     
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    Johnny Cash, amen! The day after the American 6 release too. :) Good for the Man In Black, and finally, a winner with taste!
     

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