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Apple Promises Mother Lode to Billionth App Downloader

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the awww-twenty-dollars-i-wanted-a-peanut dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Apple has posted a counter of App Store downloads as they approach one billion downloads. The lucky billionth downloader gets to walk away with a stash consisting of a MacBook Pro, 32GB iPod Touch, Time Capsule and $10,000 iTunes gift certificate. The App Store now has over 30,000 applications."

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The Motherload? (1, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#27534837)

Apple Promises Motherload to Billionth App Downloader

They promise to deliver Bristol's massive storm water drain system [wikipedia.org] ?! But how will they deal with flooding?! I am dubious.

Well, I knew this cult would cost a lot of time and money. Fellow Apple fanboys, gather your shovels and pickaxes. There is much work to be done before morning! Steve Jobs, thine will be done.

Mistake In Title. (2, Informative)

liquidMONKEY (749280) | more than 5 years ago | (#27534845)

Isn't it mother lode, not motherload?

Re:Mistake In Title. (4, Funny)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 5 years ago | (#27534947)

Isn't it mother lode, not motherload?

This is Slashdot. Their is no room for correct spelling or word usage. Your one of those gammer nazis who should stop being so pedantec.

Re:Misteak In Titel. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27534999)

Isnt it mother lode, not motherload?

This is Slashdot. Their is no room for corect speling or word usage. UR 1 of those gammer natzies who shud stop bein so pedantec.

Ah, let's just stop arguing about symantecs, shall we?

P.S.: I got a load for your mother...

Re:Misteak In Titel. (1, Redundant)

YttriumOxide (837412) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535613)

Ah, let's just stop arguing about symantecs, shall we?

You're right, we can all agree Symantec isn't worth arguing about.

Re:Misteak In Titel. (0, Offtopic)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535895)

My mother was impregnated, you insensitive clod!

Re:Mistake In Title. (1)

BikeHelmet (1437881) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535147)

This game [miniclip.com] says Motherload.

But Dictionary.com [reference.com] agrees with you.

Re:Mistake In Title. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535883)

Your one of those gammer nazis who should stop being so pedantec.

I think you mean "you're"

Re:Mistake In Title. (2, Funny)

saiha (665337) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535931)

It's spelled "whoosh"

Re:Mistake In Title. (3, Funny)

bidule (173941) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535979)

Your one of those gammer nazis who should stop being so pedantec.

I think you mean "you're"

Wouche, wouche!

Re:Mistake In Title. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536439)

isn't it you're, not your?

Re:Godwin's Law (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536507)

gammer nazis

Godwin's Law only two posts down. That's fast. :)

Re:Mistake In Title. (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536693)

But don't you dare call piracy "theft!"

Re:Mistake In Title. (1)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 5 years ago | (#27537527)

Asplode.

Re:Mistake In Title. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535013)

Isn't it mother lode, not motherload?

Depends on what it's made of. e.g. Yo Mama's so big that the toilet can't handle the motherload.

Re:Mistake In Title. (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535111)

Au contraire, mon frere -- motherload is correct.

The billionth app downloader will have his mother impregnated via divine insemination by Steve Jobs himself.

Henceforth this will be known as the iMac-culate Conception, and the offspring of the Holy iSpirit will be brought up as leader of the iFaithful to inherit the reins of Apple.

Re:Mistake In Title. (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535487)

Au contraire, mon frere -- motherload is correct.

The billionth app downloader will have his mother impregnated via divine insemination by Steve Jobs himself.

Henceforth this will be known as the iMac-culate Conception, and the offspring of the Holy iSpirit will be brought up as leader of the iFaithful to inherit the reins of Apple.

Someone's mother? Ah, I see, it's the slutty Version Mary.

Many apple users prefer... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535155)

...father lode.

Re:Many apple users prefer... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#27537157)

s/load/choad/

Re:Mistake In Title. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535301)

Yes. Mother lode [wikipedia.org] refers to the discovery of bedrock veins containing gold, from which placer deposits are derived by erosion. The classic example was during the California gold rush. They started finding gold in the streams (placer deposits) first and then traced the source upstream to the bedrock of the mountains and started mining there -- which was far more lucrative.

Motherload is the term used for, er, I'm not sure. Something to do with certain types of entertainment videos coincidentally also best known from California, I think.

Mistake on website (2, Interesting)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535459)

It isn't the only error. I just tried their form for entry without purchase [apple.com] . They say you are "Limited to 25 entries per day", but on only my second attempt at entry it said, "You have entered to many times today".

I'm not buying 24 apps a day. I don't even own a device to use them. Which is why I'm entering to win one.

Re:Mistake on website (1)

Qwell (684661) | more than 5 years ago | (#27538273)

This is also in violation of the official contest rules (this is a "Bad Thing").

Re:Mistake In Title. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536845)

Nope, it stars Ron Jeremy. Mother Load it is...

Not the billionth downloader (-1)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27534869)

Anyone who downloads an app today gets entered into a lottery with the chance to win. You can also submit a form to enter without purchasing anything.

Nevermind I was wrong (1)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27534951)

Mod that post -1 incorrect (they really need that option). The rules say that the random selection occurs when the order is indeterminate, but they are looking for the billionth one.

Re:Nevermind I was wrong (2, Insightful)

emocomputerjock (1099941) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535119)

If /. had an -1 incorrect option I'd have to set my threshold to imaginary numbers to see anyone's comments.

Re:Nevermind I was wrong (3, Informative)

Hikaru79 (832891) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535323)

I think you were correct. In fact in the official rules [apple.com] it states in big capital letters:

NO PURCHASE OR DOWNLOAD NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR DOWNLOAD OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Seems pretty clear to me. The contest is to celebrate the 1,000,000,000 download, and it ends at that point, but it's just a random draw beyond that.

Re:Nevermind I was wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535579)

Seams less clear if you read Section 5. Sweepstakes.

"The prize will be awarded for the entry (either through an app download or through the non-purchase online entry) sent immediately following the download of the 999,999,999th app. The potential winner will be determined by the order of the entries received. In the event that more than one entrant would be a winner based on the simultaneous timing of entries, one entrant will be randomly selected from those entrants as the winner. Each entrantâ(TM)s chances of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received."

Sure sounds like the 1 billionth download (or free entry form submitted in place of it) is the winner. Random draw only occurs if they have multiple simultaneous entries at that time.

Re:Nevermind I was wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536809)

Um... no. The prize goes to the person who makes the 1 billionth download, OR the first person to submit an entry form after the 999,999,999th download occurs (which ever comes first). It is most definitely not a random drawing. No purchase or download is necessary, because you could win by submitting an entry form in that magic interval. Seems pretty clear to me...

Re:Not the billionth downloader (2, Insightful)

esocid (946821) | more than 5 years ago | (#27534959)

You can also submit a form to enter without purchasing anything.

plus some apps are free

Re:Not the billionth downloader (2, Funny)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535105)

If Apple were smart, they'd make some ads about this, and play them on TV.

Re:Not the billionth downloader (3, Informative)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535461)

What's interesting is the claim "(Limited to 25 entries per day)" on the form submission, but if you ATTEMPT to submit more than once, you get blocked with the site adding the following text to the form: "You have entered to many times today."

Not only is it wrong, it's mis-spelled... Heh...

Re:Not the billionth downloader (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27537231)

Clear your cookies, then resubmit.

Re:Not the billionth downloader (3, Informative)

Diss Champ (934796) | more than 5 years ago | (#27534989)

When you submit said form, it says you may enter 25 times per day. However, if you try to enter a second time it says you have tried to enter too many times in the same day.

Re:Not the billionth downloader (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535379)

I ran into that too... I sent email to itunesonebillion@apple.com as directed by the official rules to complain. No word yet

Re:Not the billionth downloader (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535653)

What happens if you try a second entry from a new browser session?

Re:Not the billionth downloader (0, Flamebait)

icebike (68054) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535529)

Just sign up for an Ebay account so you can sell off all this crapware to the fanboys in the event you win.

Re:Not the billionth downloader (5, Funny)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#27537123)

Still, I can just see some dude downloading an app, and up pops the flashing banner: "You're the billionth downloader! Click here to claim your prizes!"

Poor guy would just snicker in amusement, as this ain't his first picnic...

*drools* (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27534889)

me likey!

*drools some more*

*still drooling*

ok, done.
I wouldn't kick that new MBP outta bed for eating crackers.
(would we, crackers?)

Re:*drools* (2, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535015)

I wouldn't kick that new MBP outta bed for eating crackers.

It will, however, take up most of the bed. :)

The 999,999,999th downloader (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27534977)

Gets to suck Steve Jobs cancer infected cock. Also will be given his personal 666 core mac pro with "Lion" installed (aka Windows 7 with tweaked icons).

Karma Chameleon by Boy George and Culture Club (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535005)

Desert loving in your eyes all the way
If I listen to your lies would you say
Im a man without conviction
Im a man who doesnt know
How to sell a contradiction
You come and go
You come and go

Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon
You come and go
You come and go
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dream
Red, gold and green
Red, gold and green

Didnt hear your wicked words every day
And you used to be so sweet I heard you say
That my love was an addiction
When we cling our love is strong
When you go youre gone forever
You string along
You string along

Every day is like a survival
Youre my lover not my rival
Every day is like a survival
Youre my lover not my rival

Im a man without conviction
Im a man who doesnt know
How to sell a contradication
You come and go
You come and go

Sp3ll2ng Naugzteez! (1)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 5 years ago | (#27534991)

MotherLoad implies a very heavy workload.

Mother Lode means hitting the "main vein" of a gold or precious material mine.

Oh, and since I mentioned Naugzteez, Godwin's law and all that...

Re:Sp3ll2ng Naugzteez! (2, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535785)

MotherLoad implies a very heavy workload.

"A man may work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done..."

The left one prize out: (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535047)

A big surprise in your next tax return.

small return (1)

Noone Thirty (1314485) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535157)

They're currently about 60 million away. And each of those downloads gets an entry into the drawing. So if they're giving away $15,000 worth of stuff then the value of an entry is *way* less than one penny.

Re:small return (3, Informative)

yermej (985079) | more than 5 years ago | (#27540055)

There's no drawing. The first entry received after the 999,999,999th - whether by purchase or the non-purchase entry form - is the winner. For serious. It's in the rules.

So... what are you going to do with your $10,000? (1)

BikeHelmet (1437881) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535183)

So... what are you going to do with your $10,000?

10,000 songs? :/

Can that iTunes gift certificate be used for a new MacBook, or am I stuck with music?

Re:So... what are you going to do with your $10,00 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535229)

Can't use the card outside the store or other hardware, right?

Then... Legitimize my Kazaa, eDonkey, WinMX, Limewire, Uesenet, BitTorrent library.

Re:So... what are you going to do with your $10,00 (4, Funny)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535389)

By the time you get to the billionth download, variable pricing will ensure the card is only worth two songs, both sung by the Chipmunks (or alternatively, the Chipettes).

I recommend "The Girls of Rock and Roll" and "Weekend In France, Italy, England, Amsterdam, Greece..."

More importantly... (3, Interesting)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535719)

Will those $10.000 in song certificates come from China? [outdustry.com]

Cheating the system... (1)

ChrisMounce (1096567) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535279)

Seems like this would be pretty easy to cheat. Just make a bunch of repeated network connections to download a small, free app.

I'm guessing you'd need to do more than just ping their servers, but it seems like spoofing a download would be possible, provided that they aren't using hardware-enforced crypto. It's similar to the DRM problem: how do you keep iPhone users from downloading apps yet still allow them to download apps?

Re:Cheating the system... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535485)

There's a maximum of 25 entries per day per account.

Re:Cheating the system... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27537859)

Use multiple identities? :)

Taxes? (3, Insightful)

ThePopeLayton (868042) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535283)

Is apple willing to pay the taxes on all that for you? Seriously that gotta be at least 13K in prizes for which the US gov will want ~ 50%. Most companies offer people the prize or let then refuse it all together (this is what "The Price is Right" does). Most people end up turning down prizes because they can't afford to pay the taxes on them. Even if the person has the cash on hand to pay the taxes who is going to fork over 5K just to get a prize. Basically they'd be getting everything at half price. Apple knows this and is using the "prize" as just a publicity stunt..

Re:Taxes? (4, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535645)

Is apple willing to pay the taxes on all that for you? Seriously that gotta be at least 13K in prizes for which the US gov will want ~ 50%.

Depends entirely on your tax bracket. And if your tax hit is going to be 50% you can probably afford it. If my brother won it (as a grad student he's got more deductions than income) he probably wouldn't pay a dime in tax.

Most companies offer people the prize or let then refuse it all together (this is what "The Price is Right" does). Most people end up turning down prizes because they can't afford to pay the taxes on them.

How can they not afford to pay the taxes on them? Taxes aren't usually due immediately, you usually pay them when you file your annual return.
In the mean time, they can simply flip the prize on craigslist / ebay for 75-90% of retail, and keep the difference. (Or sell part of the prize to cover the taxes...)

Even if were due immediately, take out a line of credit, and when you sell, pay off the line. The interest cost will reduce your profit only slightly.

Even if the person has the cash on hand to pay the taxes who is going to fork over 5K just to get a prize. Basically they'd be getting everything at half price. Apple knows this and is using the "prize" as just a publicity stunt..

Duh. Of course its a publicity stunt. All prizes are.

That said, its not bogus. If you win, you win stuff. Its not like those ridiculous '2 year lease on a car' prizes which, for most people are more hassle than they are worth. (Its pretty bogus to win a nice car "for a while" and then have to give it back or buy it. And what are they supposed to do with their existing car in the meantime?)

Re:Taxes? (1)

Ohrion (814105) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536915)

Oops, accidentally moderated this comment 'funny' instead of 'informative'. I missed! Anyways, posting this to cancel my mod.

Re:Taxes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27539287)

Eh, sort of.

Parent isn't entirely wrong, and you're not entirely correct.

In the United States (needed clarification), if you win a prize that doesn't involve some form of 'academic' accomplishment (Nobel Prize, Pulitzer, etc) or wasn't first handled by a government institution, then it is taxable income.

Say, you win that car on TPiR and accept it, the parent company of the show will send you a form 1099 on January with their estimate of what the prize was worth. That amount is easily disputed, but the IRS does require that the fair market value of any non-liquid goods be applied to your taxable income.

Cash, obviously, is applied literally without any debate.

Your tax bracket doesn't have any impact on the rate at which a prize is taxed, directly. Obviously if the value of a prize will push you into a higher tax bracket it may behoove you to decline the prize as the increase in tax level may negate any potential earnings you get from flipping it on Craigslist (taxable earnings, btw).

That does not mean that being in the $164,000 bracket will explicitly cost you %34 (or whatever) of the value of the prize. The only number that the IRS cares about on April 15 is Gross Adjusted Income.

Re:Taxes? (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536211)


Is apple willing to pay the taxes on all that for you? Seriously that gotta be at least 13K in prizes for which the US gov will want ~ 50%.

There's no 50% tax bracket, and AFAIK there hasn't been one for a long time. The current top federal tax bracket is 35%. You have to make over 164,000 to get even into the 33% tax bracket. (There USED to be a 39% tax bracket, but our last president eliminated that. Then we ran up a huge deficit. No correlation between the two, of course)

I don't believe there's any extra tax on prizes, but I don't know for sure.

I found my information here:
http://www.moneychimp.com/features/tax_brackets.htm [moneychimp.com]

Re:Taxes? (2, Interesting)

crossmr (957846) | more than 5 years ago | (#27538135)

Not everyone is american and the contest isn't just limited to America.

If anyone in Canada wins they don't have to pay jack. Canada doesn't tax income from prizes.

Re:Taxes? (1)

Trogre (513942) | more than 5 years ago | (#27539457)

See, to me the concept of winners paying taxes on a prize is utterly insane. It means pretty much any non-cash prize is likely to become a financial curse to most recipients.

One textbook example is this poor guy [itnews.com.au] who missed out on a space trip because he couldn't afford to pay the taxes. Despicable to drive up someone's hopes like this.

Where I come from there are still taxes payable on prizes, but the amount is payable by the drawer, not the drawee. Much much more sensible, IMO.

But then again what do I know? I still think making customers pay to receive SMS messages is criminal too.

Just another stupid popup (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535293)

You are the one billionth person to visit this page! Click here to collect your prize!

Something sounds awfully familiar about this ad campaign...

OMFG!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535401)

I want to have Steve Jobs' baby.
Without Apple, my life is meaningless.

Re:OMFG!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535457)

You're trolling on the internet. Your life is meaningless regardless of Apple.

Does 'download an app' apply to upgrades? (1)

j741 (788258) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535441)

I wonder if 'download an app' applies to downloading updates for existing apps?

!billionth download (1)

biased_estimator (1222498) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535597)

"As of today, nearly one billion apps have been downloaded around the globe. So we just want to say thanks â" a billion. Download an app and youâ(TM)ll automatically get the chance to win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro. Just go to the iTunes Store, browse the App Store, and download your best app yet." Come on Anon, at least read what you're submitting.

Re:!billionth download (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535887)

"The prize will be awarded for the entry (either through an app download or through the non-purchase online entry) sent immediately following the download of the 999,999,999th app. The potential winner will be determined by the order of the entries received. In the event that more than one entrant would be a winner based on the simultaneous timing of entries, one entrant will be randomly selected from those entrants as the winner. Each entrantÃ(TM)s chances of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received."

Read the Official Rules more closely... not as clear. Sounds like it IS the billionth download.

Mother Lode? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535687)

The lucky billionth downloader gets to walk away with a stash consisting of:

* a MacBook Pro - Do Not Want
* 32GB iPod Touch - Do Not Want
* Time Capsule - Do Not Want
* $10,000 iTunes gift certificate - Do Not Want

How about just giving a cash prize, Apple?

Re:Mother Lode? (2, Insightful)

saiha (665337) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535977)

Yeah, those greedy bastards.

Redundant? (1)

Tihstae (86842) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535753)

I understand some of the prizes but why would they give someone that has an iPhone or an iPod already an iPod?

Re:Redundant? (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#27537199)

why would they give someone that has an iPhone or an iPod already an iPod?

As a spare for when the captive proprietary battery gives up the ghost?

By my crude calculations... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27535781)

Assuming that timer is worth anything in terms of the real second-by-second rate, and that the moment I measured is representative of the daily average rate, both of which are probably ridiculous assumptions, I get ~128 seconds (suspiciously round binary number) for ~10000 counts.

Assuming that remains constant and can be linearly extrapolated (also ridiculous), I get about 10 days and 10 hours (with ~70320000 to go and 78.125/second = ~900096 seconds) from now before a billion is crossed. So, early on April 20 or so?

Someone aught to do a web page with a timer :-)

They are NOT near a billion. (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535847)

They are still a full 70 Million downloads away from a billion. It will still be a while.

Re:They are NOT near a billion. (1)

goofy183 (451746) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536443)

so if you pull out their data feed it looks like they are selling over 300k apps/hour. If you assume 300k/hour that is less than 10 days.

Re:They are NOT near a billion. (1)

AaxelB (1034884) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536607)

The counter is increasing at about 100 per second. At that rate it'll increase by 70,000,000 in around 8 days. Eight days is reasonable warning for a contest, I think.

Re:They are NOT near a billion. (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536795)

Far too much if you ask me. People will lurk until the last minute, at which time you will get effectively a DDoS attack.

Re:They are NOT near a billion. (1)

AaxelB (1034884) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536919)

Right, but it works out best for them because of the huge mass of people who don't actually understand the contest and will download more apps now because they think they'll get more chances to win. Apple isn't doing this out of the goodness of their hearts, and a short DDoS on a single website of theirs in exchange for a boost in app downloads is an easy trade.

Re:They are NOT near a billion. (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536963)

Sure. But nobody will ever really know who the billionth downloader was, because the servers will be frazzled.

Re:They are NOT near a billion. (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27540117)

In the last 14 hours, it has been very close to 3 million. So, for the 68 million left, it works out to... about 14 hours. No doubt the rate will slow down overnight though.

Unfortunately... (1)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 5 years ago | (#27535961)

The billionth download will be for the iFart which, after their loss in court will invalidate the sale. Since Apple will have provided some, but not all of said, "Motherlode" when this occurs, a litigation will ensue between customer 1,000,000,000 and customer 1,000,000,001 after the iFart app was remotely deleted retroactively.

Pull-my-finger will join the fray as well, suing Apple for providing so much publicity for the now gone iFart and thereby disciminating against their valiant legal efforts. By bizzare coincidence it is discovered that both of the litigating customers are deaf and, on this single issue, join forces to sue Apple under the ADA for providing thousands of hours of music to which they cannot listen. These litigations end up dividing enough of Apple's legal team that Psystar is able to win a narrow victory allowing it to produce Apple clones at a significant savings to consumers.

Since this coincides with the acknowledge of Microsoft that Windows 7 does in fact cause computers to literally, not figuratively, explode; the sudden upsurge of Windows refugees migrates to Psystar's cheaper alternative. This Golden opportunity lost, Apple tries to weather storm by moving the decimal on iTunes to the end of the 9 and hoping that no one notices.

Alas for them an astute slashdot reader notices and in a display of real time new rarely seen before, or even since, it hits the front page within minutes of being discovered. Within even their own fondest followers now disenchanted, Apple finally succumbs, and only Psystar is left to carry what is left of its iBanner.

And to think that all the millionth burger eater at McDonald's got was food poisoning.

C programmer joke (sort of) (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#27537217)

a litigation will ensue between customer 1,000,000,000 and customer 1,000,000,001

What about customer 999,999,999?

Can you use the iTunes gift certificate. for mac a (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536161)

Can you use the iTunes gift certificate for mac apps and apple hardware as $10,000 is a lot just for music and phone apps and I don't like today music.

Re:Can you use the iTunes gift certificate. for ma (1)

Hanging By A Thread (906564) | more than 5 years ago | (#27537711)

iTunes has more than just "today music" it has music from way further back than today. It also has music videos, movies, and episodes of TV shows..... seasons of BSG!

Nice try (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536263)

$10,000 iTunes gift certificate

Retail value: $0.

Lol.

Is $10k gift certificate enough? (1)

HockeyPuck (141947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536361)

Could you fill a 32GB iPOD touch with $10k worth of iTunes downloads?

Re:Is $10k gift certificate enough? (2, Informative)

Lost Engineer (459920) | more than 5 years ago | (#27538581)

hmm

Roughly

(32 gb * 1024 (mb/gb) * 1024 (kb/mb)) / (60 (min/album) * 60 (s/min) * (256 kbit/s) / (8 kbit/kbyte)) * 10 ($/album) = $2910

Yes.

Why enter now?? (3, Informative)

Rastl (955935) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536367)

Per the official rules:

The prize will be awarded for the entry (either through an app download or through the non-purchase online entry) sent immediately following the download of the 999,999,999th app.

So entering any time prior to JUST before the counter hits the magic number is completely pointless unless I'm reading this wrong or the counter is just there for show.

Re:Why enter now?? (2, Interesting)

Frac O Mac (1138427) | more than 5 years ago | (#27537263)

The number the counter shows is just based on your system time.

Re:Why enter now?? (1)

andcarne (657052) | more than 5 years ago | (#27538875)

Isn't the publication of this contest somewhat misrepresentation? The excerpt from the rules makes it quite clear the prize will go to the person downloading after the 999,999,999th app, which does in fact make downloading anything now pointless. However, on the main page of the promotion, it says "Download an app and you'll automatically get the chance to win..." which suggests that each download you make now gives you an equal chance of winning when actually there isn't any chance now, and won't be until right before the counter ticks over.

Official Rules: Don't have to purchase... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536385)

Timing. The Promotion shall run from 12:01 a.m. EDT on April 10, 2009 and ends with the downloading of the 1 billionth app (âoePromotion Periodâ). For purposes of the Promotion, the downloading of the 1 billionth app is considered to be either the downloading of the 1 billionth app from iTunes or the receipt of the non-purchase entry after the download of the 999,999,999th app, whichever comes first. Only entries submitted in this time period will be accepted. Sponsorâ(TM)s computer is the official time keeping device for this promotion.

Mod Parent Up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536873)

source [apple.com]

BTW, no purchase [apple.com] necessary.

The ultimate geek dilemma (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536401)

"The lucky billionth downloader gets to walk away with a stash consisting of a MacBook Pro, 32GB iPod Touch, Time Capsule and $10,000 iTunes gift certificate."

But I only run FOSS and non-DRM, you insensitive clods!

Re:The ultimate geek dilemma (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27537433)

if i won that .. i might become a convert to Mac :)

Re:The ultimate geek dilemma (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#27537759)

Install something else over Mac OS X and only buy music (which are now all DRM-free, but not movies and TV shows).

There, all FOSS and no DRM.

(I know you were aiming for funny, but still)

Bugged Entry Form (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536505)

On my third entry of the 25 entry limit per day, I received the following error message:

"You have entered to many times today" (sic)

Hmm.

Winning App? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27536653)

Lets hope that our app: PicCard [pindropper.com] is the winning purchase

The App Store now has over 30,000 applications... (3, Funny)

godrik (1287354) | more than 5 years ago | (#27536723)

... and ten useful one.

Anyone, not the billionth (1)

tedhiltonhead (654502) | more than 5 years ago | (#27538183)

It sounds like anyone who enters the contest between now and the billionth purchase could win, not just whoever buys #1,000,000,000. Headline should be changed to reflect that.

How is $10K in iTunes the Mother load? (1)

tyrione (134248) | more than 5 years ago | (#27539923)

I'll substitute a fully-loaded high-end Mac Pro thank you with all the other portions of this offering. That would be more impressive.

4 months is a long time to wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27539935)

right now it's around 932635000 and running at about 100 per second. That's 9326350 seconds or 3.8 months.

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