Michigander wins Apple’s iTunes Music Store’s one billionth song giveaway

Apple today announced that one billion songs have been legally downloaded from the iTunes Music Store since it was launched less than three years ago. The billionth song “Speed of Sound” was purchased as part of Coldplay’s X&Y album by Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, Michigan and as the grand prize winner he will receive a 20-inch iMac, 10 fifth generation iPods and a $10,000 gift card good for any item on the iTunes Music Store. In addition, Apple will establish a scholarship to the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music in his name to commemorate this milestone.

“I hope that every customer, artist and music company executive takes a moment today to reflect on what we’ve achieved together during the past three years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the press release. “Over one billion songs have now been legally purchased and downloaded around the globe, representing a major force against music piracy and the future of music distribution as we move from CDs to the Internet.”

With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated video and Podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and videos online. The iTunes Music Store now features a selection of over 3,500 music videos, Pixar and Disney short films, a variety of hit TV shows, 35,000 podcasts, 16,000 audiobooks and more than two million songs from the major music companies and independent record labels.

The iTunes Music Store is also the world’s most popular video download store with more than 15 million videos purchased and downloaded. iTunes offers over 60 popular TV shows for just $1.99 for viewing on a computer or iPod and recently added new hit programming from ABC, Bravo, NBC, MTV Networks and SHOWTIME.

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  1. Considering it was around midnight in the US, I thought someone from Europe would have been the winner. Doesn’t matter of course, this is great news for iTunes. One billion and too think, Steve Jobs was originally hoping for 1 million the first year.

    MW: ABOVE… above expectations…

  2. This isn’t exactly a stock discussion, genius.

    I think it’s great that Apple has sold 1 billion songs with iTunes. A lot of music fanatics have been converted over to the legal side because of iTunes and the other music services.. a lot of us were P2P users, we really didn’t want to do anything illegal but we had no other way, but now that iTunes has been created downloading music is easier and more fun than it ever was before.
    Now, if Apple really wants this to be 100% beneficial for them, they need to be a little bit more cutthroat, no?
    Maybe some extra content for the Mac version? Eh?

  3. Lets do some math.

    1,000,000,000 songs sold at say 99¢ a song

    $990,000,000 dollars

    $693,000,000 Labels cut (say 70%)

    $99,000,000 Apple cut (servers, bandwith, overhead 10%)

    $99,000,000 Credit card companies (10%)

    $99,000,000 for the artists

    20,000 artists

    $5000 per artist

    $1000 per artist per year for last 5 years

    Costs to artists to live $1500 a month.

    Costs for equipment $3000 a month

    Coldplay’s “Green Eyes” is cool, anyone who doesn’t like it is a b*tch or a gorrila.

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