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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.

"We're grateful to all of our customers for helping us reach this amazing milestone," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Internet Services. "We're proud that iTunes has become the number one music retailer in the world, and selling 10 billion songs is truly staggering."

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
 

Robert M.

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Congrats to him! Hopefully he doesn't spend it all in one place...wait... :eek:
 
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VenusianSky

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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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millertime021

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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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millertime021

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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?

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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miles01110

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Apple is getting cheap. The prize for 1 billion was better :p

Alex Ostrovsky of West Bloomfield, Michigan, bought the billionth song, "Speed of Sound" by Coldplay.[42] He later got a call from Steve Jobs with the good news that the sixteen-year-old was getting ten iPods, an iMac, a $10,000 music gift certificate, and a scholarship established in his name at the Juilliard School.
 
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mekopolis

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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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byke

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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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rdowns

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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.

Nope.
 

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Chupa Chupa

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If its a "gift", does it make a difference with the tax implications?

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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NeverhadaPC

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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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