Apple iTunes Music Store’s billionth song downloader wins big

“It may well have been the best 99 cents Alex Ostrovsky ever spent. Early yesterday, he paid that amount to download ‘Speed of Sound,’ a song on the Coldplay album ‘X&Y,’ from the iTunes Music Store, the Internet music shop that Apple Computer started less than three years ago,” Claudia H. Deutsch reports for The New York Times. “He did not know it, but it was the billionth song the site had sold, and Apple was not about to let that go unnoticed.”

“So at 12:45 a.m., Mr. Ostrovsky’s phone rang. It was an Apple employee, telling him that in addition to the song, Apple was giving him a 20-inch iMac, 10 iPods and a $10,000 gift card for the iTunes store. It is even establishing a scholarship at the Juilliard School in his name,” Deutsch reports. “Mr. Ostrovsky, 16, was still trying to absorb it all yesterday. His phone had been ringing all day, alternating between reporters wanting to know his reaction and friends wanting to congratulate him.”

Deutsch reports, “He has pretty concrete ideas about how he will use the prizes, though. The iMac stays with him — ‘I’d been asking my parents for a new computer for a while, so this was a dream come true,’ he said. He will keep an iPod, and family and friends will get the rest. But the $10,000 gift card has him a bit flummoxed.”

Full article here.

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  1. What, the 500,000,000th download gets a call From his Highness and the 1,000,000,000th gets a call from “an Apple employee”? WTF?!?!

    I would have traded 5 of those iPods for call from SJ (well, maybe 3).

  2. See how easily Apple can reach out and touch you, doesn’t that scare people a bit?

    If the RIAA put the screws to Apple, Apple could turn over all records of what Mp3’s people had on their machines.

    After all the “iTMS mini store” reports on what you have right right now.

    “It’s a feature”


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