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McDonald's Billion-Song iTunes Giveaway

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the step-in-the-right-direction dept.

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camperslo writes "The New York Post online has this story. "Less than a month after Pepsi announced a blockbuster deal to give away 100 million downloads from Apple's iTunes music service to its customers, McDonald's is close to a announcing a much bigger deal"." No matter what you think of iTunes, this is tremendous publicity for music on demand services in general. If the public gets a taste for it, this could be the beginning of the end for the audio CD.

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What better way to..... (1, Flamebait)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409234)

infect the young with targeted marketing? Britney Spears in your happy meal? This is a great day for spreading musical mediocrity in America. Create a boy band and then market it via McDonald's!

Re:What better way to..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409261)

(Score: -1 lives in cave.)

Re:What better way to..... (5, Insightful)

webslacker (15723) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409279)

Except for the fact that a lot of good indie labels and songs are on iTunes now as well.

Re:What better way to..... (2, Funny)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409300)

McDonalds encourages culinary mediocrity so what do you expect?

Re:What better way to..... (2, Funny)

MrCaseyB (200218) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409311)

Yes except for the fact that they always manage to screw up my lunch order. Rather then giving me britney spears, knowing my luck I would get Yanni Live At The Acropolis

Re:What better way to..... (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409397)

You wouldn't RATHER have Yanni than Britney? YLATA is actually a pretty good album! Great background music.

Re:What better way to..... (1)

cgranade (702534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409312)

Been there, done that. McD has previously done promos for BS and *NSYNC (or OUTOFSYNC?). Still though, McD is throwing a curveball with their recent tech promos. I mean, you can take your Apple laptop, go to McD, pay for a reprocessed collection of $FOOBAR-cides, and get an hour's access on an 802.11b/g to download iTunes songs won at McD. McD. It's not just for fat anymore.

Re:What better way to grease yoda tsakron report (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409334)

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Far inside the butt
My face is turning blue
And there's nothing I can do
Though I'm past one hundred thousand bowels
I'm feeling very still
And I think my buttship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I ream her very much, she knows"
Ground Control to Yoda Doll
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong

Can you hear me, Yoda Doll?
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Can you....
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Far inside his Moon
My face is turning blue
And there's nothing I can do."

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Written & composed by Greasedyoda Jackson

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I said dont mind getting greased up, but what do you mean I am the one?
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He told me his name was Greased up Yoda, as he caused a scene
Then every purple head turned with eyes that dreamed of being the one
Who will grease up on the floor in the round

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And dont go around breaking boys rectums
And mother always told me be careful of who you grease up and shove
And be careful of what you do [in the ass] ?cause the lie becomes the truth

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He's just a "girl" who claims that I am the one
But the kid is my greased up Yoda and my son
He says I am the one, but the kid is my greased up Yoda doll!

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The law was on his side
But who can stand when hez in demand
His schemes and plans
cause we greased up on the floor in the round
So take my strong advice, just remember to always shove it up a greased ass twice
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He told my baby, we where anally gyrating till 3:00
Then he looked at me, he showed me a photo
My anal lover cried, cause his anus wasnt as wide as mine

People always told me be careful of what you do
And dont go around shoving Greased Yoda Dolls in you ass!
He came and stood right up my ass.
Then the smell of sweet anal fumes
This happened much too soon
He called me to his room

Greased Up Yoda Doll is my lover
Hez just a doll who claims that I am the one
But the greasy anal remnants is my son
Greased Up Yoda Doll is my lover
Hez just a guy who claims that I am the one
But the Yoda doll is my anal toy
He says I am the one, but the Doll is in my ass
He says I am the one, but the Doll is in my ass
Greased Up Yoda Doll is my lover
Hez just a doll who claims that I am the one
But the Yoda doll is my anal toy
He says I am the one, but the Doll is in my ass
He says I am the one, but the Doll is in my ass
Greased Up Yoda Doll is my lover
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Re:What better way to..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409337)

Britney Spears is a happy meal ...

Re:What better way to..... (2, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409436)

Britney Spears is a happy meal ...

And word on the street is that she's been "super sized."

KFG

Re:What better way to..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409421)

infect the young with targeted marketing? Britney Spears in your happy meal? This is a great day for spreading musical mediocrity in America. Create a boy band and then market it via McDonald's!

Britney's not a boy. Not yet a woman, apparently, but certainly, not a boy.

MCDONALDS = FASCISTFOOD (-1)

Dikky (613893) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409449)

say NO to mcdonalds!! Mcdonalds is a fascist organization that only wants to burn down the rainforest so they can build fields of COWS and make CRAPPY meat for their Fascist-meals! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BURGERSHOP! (not the mcdonalds one)

Re:What better way to..... (1)

gamgee5273 (410326) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409452)

The young? I expect to see Bob Dole buying a helluva lot more Mickey D's if Britney's in the Happy Meals...

Re:What better way to..... (5, Funny)

NaugaHunter (639364) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409465)

Talk about jumping to conclusions. If they give away 'song credits' (so to speak), then they can be used on any $.99 song. So while Britney fans might go straight to her albums, presumably they'll have all of the available music. Maybe they'll follow the 'also bought' links and find something new.

On a (semi-)related note, I'm still waiting for the 6-Degrees-Of-Also-Bought. You know, people who bought A also bought B; people who bought B also bought C; people who bought C bought the Soundtrack to Flashdance with Kevin Bacon.

In other News... (3, Insightful)

TrekkieGod (627867) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409244)

Internet shopping is becoming really widespread. If the public gets a taste for it, this could be the end of malls.

Re:In other News... (1)

Zelet (515452) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409434)

No, everybody I know still likes to try on clothes.

McDonalds (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409254)

Do you want iFries with that?

AAC is nice and all... (5, Insightful)

sweeney37 (325921) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409258)

this could be the beginning of the end for the audio CD.

...but what if you like the audio CD? what if you prefer lossless music, with coverart, booklet and printed media you can hold in your hand?

Mike

Re:AAC is nice and all... (1, Informative)

acvh (120205) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409305)

...but what if you like the audio CD? what if you prefer lossless music, with coverart, booklet and printed media you can hold in your hand?

If you prefer lossless music you aren't listening to CDs either. Maybe pristine vinyl if you're lucky.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (1, Informative)

Rosyna (80334) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409320)

A CD is not lossless. Because it is a digital format it cannot reproduce some audio. Go with vinyl.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409365)

Recordings cannot reproduce the nuances of a live performance. Go with concert tickets.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409324)

A lot of people liked vinyl too.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (3, Interesting)

webslacker (15723) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409328)

It's kind of hard to complain about this when it's a free for the customer.

It's a lot easier distributing 1 billion songs online than 70 million cd's.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (2, Insightful)

wildchild07770 (571383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409333)

This is why there'll always be a hard-copy version of music and much the same reason why E-Books never took off. People like the tactile quality of owning something.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (0, Offtopic)

LNO (180595) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409344)

...but what if you like the audio CD? what if you prefer lossless music, with coverart, booklet and printed media you can hold in your hand?

Why do you hate America so much? Opposition is unpatriotic, you know.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (1)

Luscious868 (679143) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409364)

Don't worry, regular CD's aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Although hopefully as online music sales becomes for and more prominent and CD sales continue to decline the RIAA will pull their collective heads out of there asses and lower their prices. A CD should cost $10 - $12 tops.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (0)

evanagee (655815) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409366)

I'm with Sweeney. I for one would never prefer a hard drive full of mp3 (or any other format) over a nice cd rack filled with my favorite artists' cds. I think my use of downloadable music services will be to purchase the music from cds that only have 1 or maybe 2 good songs on them. I'd rather spend $2 and get the songs I like than $15 for a new cd that I'll never listen to.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (0)

NaugaHunter (639364) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409374)

It can be the end even if they are still made. Consider that vinyl "ended" years ago, but new ones are still being pressed. The last Floyd album (Echoes) and a recent Pearl Jam album are two high-profile examples off the top of my head. I mean if you truly want lossless music and included art works, vinyl's the way to go.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (1)

Jeffrey Baker (6191) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409380)

For that matter, wouldn't you be buying vinyl records? There's certainly a feeling of getting your money's worth as you walk away with a square foot of color photography and a gigantic disc of music.

Anyway I don't think online music can kill the CD, even in the terminal case. There's a huge back catalog of music on CD that may never make it to online, and online purchasing is still bogus for classical, baroque, early music, other orchestral music, and "real" music in general. The classification and filing systems used by iTunes and friends is simply not advanced enough for this stuff.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (0)

RedX (71326) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409387)

...but what if you like the audio CD?

Then you burn yourself an audio CD from the tracks you purchase at the iTunes Music Store, something that is completely legal and encouraged by Apple.

Re:AAC is nice and all... (1)

Yo Grark (465041) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409453)

What if you like LP's? What if you prefer the inaudible sounds which are captured and felt, with Large Coverart with no magnifying glass needed, BOOK, and all the lyrics to every song on the album so you can hold it in your hand and sing along?

My friend, these times, they are a changing and soon you'll be able to buy your "cd's" for even more!

Oh yeah, and LP=>Compact Disc=>Mp3=>[insert nexgen here]
. :P

Yo Grark
Canadian Bred with American Buttering

I'll take a #2 (2, Interesting)

Dugsmyname (451987) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409259)

-I'd like a #2 with a Diet Coke... Supersize and 2 iTunes tracks please.

-That'll be $4.59 for the meal, and $2.00 for the music, please drive-thru.

-Sweeeet!

Re:I'll take a #2 (1)

cgranade (702534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409370)

As if you could ever get a #2SS for $4.59 anymore... price(NO_2, SIZE_SS) != 4.59

Re:I'll take a #2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409416)

The point is you would WIN the music like the monopoly game, not order it........DA

gasp! (5, Funny)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409266)

Both Pepsi and McDonald's are paying Apple's retail price of 99 cents per song, sources say. And McDonald's has arranged to buy up to a billion songs to meet customer demand.

A spokesperson for Apple declined comment...

... because they were busy hyperventilating into a paper bag. A muffled "woohoo" could be heard.

-T

Re:gasp! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409435)

Funniest. Comment. Evar.

Replied to via AC due to the amazing off-topicness of my reply.

Re:gasp! (1)

tealover (187148) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409472)

Oh, and I thought it was because you too were ashamed of your spelling.

Bahh, boring.... (2, Funny)

jea6 (117959) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409268)

Kazaa, LimeWire, et al. have long had the billion song download giveaway.

Taste? I don't think so (1)

twoslice (457793) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409270)

If the public gets a taste for it

McDonalds food has no taste....

Re:Taste? I don't think so (1)

valkraider (611225) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409431)

Actually it does. It tastes like McDonalds. Think about it... A McDonalds cheeseburger does not taste like a cheeseburger. It doesn't taste like beef, bread, pickles, ketchup, or anything you would associate with a cheeseburger. But it *does* taste like a *McDonalds Cheeseburger* which is a taste most people know.

strange... And of course the Fries taste like beef. grin.

So far, Apple and McDonalds haven't confirmed (5, Interesting)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409273)

I'm not saying this isn't going through. I'd be very happy if it did. I'm just saying that having the NY Post as the sole source of your business news piece isn't confidence inspiring.

But... (2, Interesting)

wildchild07770 (571383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409280)

Is retrieving your songs going to require signing up for the service? Which includes credit card information. Also what if then the redemption goes wrong (you entere a code wrong/etc..) and you have millions of people getting billed for songs they thought were going to be free? Giveaways like this serve to increase a user-base out of which many will never return.

Re:But... (1)

Zed2K (313037) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409350)

I bet it'll be a one time give us your email, enter your code, and select your free track and thats it kind of thing. With a form at the end probably saying, "If you liked this track then you'll also like this one. You can get it for .99. All you need to do is..."

No, iTunes has gift certificates (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409355)

That was all part of the version 2.0 ITMS that was released with the Windows version. I'm assuming that these give-aways would be of the gift certificate form.

I don't know... (1)

stubear (130454) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409281)

"this could be the beginning of the end for the audio CD." ...about anyone else but I don't want the audio CD to go away. I'm quite happy with the CD and if I want to put music on my computer I'll rip it myself. My computer is not in the same room where I would notmally play CDs when entertaining anyway.

Re:I don't know... (1)

mfago (514801) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409458)

My computer is not in the same room where I would notmally play CDs when entertaining anyway.

That's why you need a networked stereo receiver [integrahometheater.com] .

(or an iPod and a free input on your existing receiver).

Re:I don't know... (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409464)

me too, but I got one of those "Matrix" 900mhz broadcasters from ThinkGeek (super on sale!) so my computer plays to the AUX in on my stereo.

And If I need more control than that (or if thats not audiophile enough for you), I can hook up my laptop with 802.11b card to the AUX input.

Who needs a CD changer system? I have 140 gigs of harddrive! (true, 40 of that is taken up by XP... ;)

"it is unclear how McDonalds" (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409282)

"It is unclear how McDonalds will use the free downloads in a promotional campaign"

um, a code & Url on your receipt, that to use allows ronald & co to get your name and address?

I announce 2 bln. songs giveaway (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409284)

Available immediately, just login to Kazaa.

Re:I announce 2 bln. songs giveaway (1)

cgranade (702534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409408)

Those aren't free... they cost $25,000 a piece, or $1mil after lawyer fees... kinda like Linux nowadays.

Re:I announce 2 bln. songs giveaway (1)

October_30th (531777) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409411)

Yeah, but those songs don't come with fries but free subpoenas.

Other terms of the deal (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409286)

The iMac will now be re-released in a larger size to be known as the Big iMac.

Re:Other terms of the deal (1)

RumpRoast (635348) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409357)

Better that than translucent fruit colored burgers with "Special Sauce".

Yay! (4, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409291)

McDonalds has been giving away a lot of stuff lately. Right now on fries they're giving out $1 coupons (stackable!) for Best Buy. My love for electronics is going to make me fat.

Re:Yay! (1)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409373)

And how much did the fries cost you?
If its on the dollar fries, then its quite the deal...
I guess.
Course, who pays for the heart bypass surgery?
Hope you got insurance.

-Grump

Re:Yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409425)

You have to get a large fries, which is more than $1. Or you can send a self-addressed stamped envelope and get them for free (for $0.74 postage). Of course I usually get a medium fries with my meal anyway so this is a good deal.

Re:Yay! (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409441)

Large and Super Size.

Sure, you're paying more for the fries than you get back in coupons, but if you were going to get the fries anyway (or are now eating the fries in place of something else), it all works out well.

Re:Yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409407)

McDonalds has been giving away a lot of stuff lately. Right now on fries they're giving out $1 coupons (stackable!) for Best Buy. My love for electronics is going to make me fat.

You're not a geek unless your a fatboy or a slim 90lb waif of a weakling. Take your pick. Since you're not the former, either you're the latter or YOU SIR ARE NO GEEK AT ALL!!!

Re:Yay! (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409473)

You're not a geek unless your a fatboy or a slim 90lb waif of a weakling. Take your pick. Since you're not the former, either you're the latter or YOU SIR ARE NO GEEK AT ALL!!!

Actually, I am the former (for now at least). 6'1", 155lbs of feisty geek rage.

Re:Yay! (1)

Zed2K (313037) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409422)

I was at McDonalds the other day and they didn't have any left. I didn't even get any monopoly pieces.

I guess that's as close as Mc Donalds Will get (4, Funny)

Im A Wack Job (720602) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409294)

I guess that's as close as Mc Donalds will get to selling an Apple.

SCARRY (0, Offtopic)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409295)

OH god!
I can't bring myself to read the article.
When the page loaded, that face looked at me and I just had to run away.

Please no more scarry plastic figures being PR persons. Seriously, I'm scared of Ronald and haven't sat in his lap since I was like 6.

-The Grumpy Child.

Re:SCARRY (1)

schapman (703722) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409406)

I certainly hope you don't still try to sit in Ronalds lap, McDonalds is supposed to be a family friendly establishment

Step-in-the-right-direction Dept.? (2, Interesting)

Murdock037 (469526) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409296)

How's that?

I like my CDs. I like being able to take something home from the store, and having something in my hand in case my computer crashes.

It's nice that iTunes is getting publicity-- it's a great service, it really is. But I don't want the CD format to die, and I don't think most consumers do, either.

The advantage of iTunes is choice beyond the traditional ways of buying music. What makes the online music phenomenon nice is the flexibility, not simply the elimination of physical media.

Interesting (1)

Zed2K (313037) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409299)

Since Coke is sold at McDonalds instead of Pepsi I wonder if Apple was hoping to get both Coke and Pepsi but couldn't so they went with the next best thing, McDonalds. This is good since I hate Pepsi but eat at McDonalds at least once a week.

How can you give content? (0)

Thinkit3 (671998) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409301)

Giving implies that you no longer have what you gave away. I can give away a banana, and no longer have it. Information is copied, not given. The only thing that could be said to be given here is bandwidth.

whoa (1)

chmod_localhost (718125) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409304)

They're partnering with McDonald's to give away 1 billion songs. No matter how you cut it--hours, number of iPods filled, Libraries of Congress--that's an assload of music to give away.

This is just one reason why iTunes will likely kick the ass of its competitors for the Windows market--name one other player that has a promo even a tenth as big as this one. Apple is playing hardball, and there aren't many companies out there that can compete with an Apple/McDonald's combination, to say nothing of their partnership with AOL...

How? (1)

darkstar949 (697933) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409309)

Does anyone know how the giveaway would work? Would the customer be given a selection of maybe 5 or 6 (All lousy) songs; or would it be some form of a certificate for 1 or 2 songs of your choice?

How to get people to pay for music: give it away?? (0)

Smack (977) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409313)

If I can download songs from iTunes for free, why would I use pirated file sharing?

Too bad that has no reflection at all on whether I would pay for songs.

Re:How to get people to pay for music: give it awa (1)

chmod_localhost (718125) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409398)

The record companies don't care how you get it, they just care that their cut from the sale gets to them.

McDonald's pays Apple 99 cents. Apple pays some RIAA peon 35 cents (and doesn't have to pay the ~30 cent credit card fee). RIAA doesn't care. It obviously isn't thinking of long-term improvement of distribution models, one that doesn't treat the consumer like a criminal (how long until us slashdotters have a mass penetentiary constructed for us!).

This is good (1)

October_30th (531777) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409316)

This is good. Anything of this size and promotes on-line music trading makes the position of the luddites in RIAA/MPAA weaker.

How much money are we talking? (0, Flamebait)

Valar (167606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409318)

If you buy a billion songs, you probably get a significant discount, but still, how much is Micky D's give to Apple? Even half a billion dollars would be a huge deal for Apple. Good thing I have that stock...

McD's screws artists! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409409)

You don't seriously believe that the artists see anything from songs given away for promotional purposes, do you?!!

Yikes! (2, Insightful)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409327)

this could be the beginning of the end for the audio CD

I really hope not! At least with CD's I can still rip to whatever audio format I prefer, in whatever quality level I wan't. Can't do what with AAC files. (Well you could, but transcoding music can degrade the quality quite a bit)

It's also nice having something real, instead of a file that you may or may not own. Or worse, can disappear or become unplayable for who knows what reason they'd cook up.

Re:Yikes! (1)

freeweed (309734) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409392)

It's also nice having something real, instead of a file that you may or may not own.

You do of course realize that CD audio is just a bunch of digital files encoded onto a plastic disc, right? :)

Altho if you're talking the DRM angle I agree 100% with you. If I could get iTMS, I'd be burning every song I downloaded to CD (for backup), and most likely re-ripping that to mp3 for portability between systems. And praying my burnt CDs don't die in a year. Thank god for cheap multi-hundred gigabyte hard drives!

They scrapped the other campaign (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409329)

It featured the Hamburglar stealing songs from the internet.

Can you pick the song? (1)

freeweed (309734) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409331)

Anyone happen to know? I haven't seen a clear description of the Pepsi promotion, and I assume the McDonald's one will be similar.

1. You get whatever song they give you. I don't quite see this doing much for the service.. yay, my 15th copy of the latest Britnet single.

2. You get "a song" off iTMS. Any song you like. Just redeem and download. That'd be way cooler, but hell, I can buy a bottle of Pepsi for less than 99 cents US, so I'd be getting as much music as I could drink Pepsi for free. And raiding recycling bins? I could easily pull 2-300 songs a week from campus alone.

Anyone have any further information?

Of course, this is a moot point for me, as iTMS isn't available in Canada anyway :(

Re:Can you pick the song? (3, Informative)

strech (167037) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409430)

-> You get to choose the song.

(reference: http://www.macnews.com/2003/10/16/applepepsi )

-> For Pepsi, it's one in 3 bottles that will have the code. They're selling 300 million bottles as part of the promotion, 100 million of them will have the codes in.

-> Cans aren't part of the promotion. Just 20-ounce and one liter.

-> McDonald's hasn't said anything about how they would be giving them away.

Re:Can you pick the song? (1)

EricWright (16803) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409450)

Ah, but IIRC, only one bottle in three pepsis will have a free track under the cap. And that's limited to 300 million bottles (100M tracks), which will probably all be gone in the next 6 months...

Wait.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409336)

You generalized this to good publicity for all music download services?

Are you guys backpedalling on your shilling for Apple? You normally can't even post a portable player story without labelling it a "(not as good) copy of iPod" or a music service story without "I'm still using iTunes."

No advertising, so this must be the MYSTERY SPONSORED STORY OF THE DAY(TM). Will Apple ask for their money back because you didn't trash Napster, MMJB, or Microsoft?

Cross-promote with their wi-fi rollout? (1)

John3 (85454) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409338)

Maybe they want people to download the music while in the restaurant using the wi-fi networks [slashdot.org] they were piloting? Might as well supersize that meal so you have something to do while downloading the songs.

super-size (1)

schapman (703722) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409348)

Would you like to super-size your meal to add the full length album??

Re:super-size (1)

cgranade (702534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409461)

They cost about the same these days, anyway...

Makes sense to me (1)

bunhed (208100) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409352)

Since commercial music has about the same amount of artistic nutrients and artery clogging fudge as a big mac and a pepsi.

What they didn't tell you (4, Funny)

sulli (195030) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409360)

was that they're giving away McDonald's jingles as the songs.

You can pick new-skool hits like "I'm lovin' it" and "We love to see you smile," or go back to the old days with "At McDonald's, we do it all for you," "Keep your eyes on your fries," and "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun."

Perhaps Coca-Cola will get in on the deal? "Ain't nothing but the real thing," "Coke is it!," "I'd like to teach the world to sing" and of course "Always Coca-Cola" are big hits in the beverage world.

"beleaguered" and Apple in the same sentence again (1)

petard (117521) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409362)

The plans by two of the largest consumer goods companies to spend a significant amount of promotional money on music sharing is a validation of Apple's revolutionary iTunes service - and a ringing endorsement for the beleaguered music industry.

It seems like not too long ago, every time you'd see mention of apple in the press, they were called "beleaguered". It became kind of a running joke on Mac sites. Well, now we're once again seeing "Apple" and "beleaguered" in the same sentence, but in a good way. I think I'm going to start referring to them as "the beleaguered RIAA" from now on :-)... with any luck, the MPAA and SCO will soon join their ranks.

I'm Listening To It! (1)

Basehart (633304) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409378)

Don't get me wrong, I'm as repulsed as much as the next vegetarian by McDonalds and everything they stand for, but if the iTunes promotion reduces the usage of Microsoft's WMA format I'm all for it.

I'm sure Jobs felt a little queasy when the marketing dept. put the deal on the table, but at the end of the day it's a means to an end.

Besides. it's not about selling burgers, it's about selling Apple.

How Many Pounds Of Body Fat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409391)

How many pounds of additional human body fat does one billion iTunes worth of McDonald's food equate to? How many heart attacks?

I think I'd be better off sticking with downloading MP3s wherever I can find them.

The most amazing quote from the story... (1)

GreenCrackBaby (203293) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409403)

Both Pepsi and McDonald's are paying Apple's retail price of 99 cents per song, sources say.

I don't know whether to cheer or vomit (2, Funny)

bigwavejas (678602) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409404)

Is it just me or does that pic of Ronald just scare the hell outta U :) Heeeeeere's Ronald! Fahrenheit 451, he's got cameras for eyes

Re:I don't know whether to cheer or vomit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409467)

Well, if by "scare the hell outta U", you mean, "arouse sexually" - then yes, that picture does. There's nothing more enticing than a red head. I've got some secret sauce too...

Publicity (1)

mugnyte (203225) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409419)

Sizes of the offers don't really matter, whats important is news of the service reaching the masses. If enough people who *arn't using* P2P can download enough goodies to form a nice Xmas gift (like label images), we could see a new market shift. I sure would like to give away a few discs for the holiday season (actually I'd love to give iTunes credit), but just handing someone a CD-R with my sloppy sharpie writing on it isn't that great.

However, without something like that, the only change in market is connected to the sales of PCs and bandwidth to new people. Converting P2P to iTunes may be happening, but I think it's going to be slow.

The end? No, just a scale-down. (1)

haggar (72771) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409424)

I will still continue to collect classical music CDs. There's a lot to be read and seen on the covers, and I enjoy the act of chosing the CD I want to listen to and then flipping it in the CD player.

I am sure I belong to a minority, but that doesn't mean this minority is a market that the music industry would want to ignore. Heck, just bein a lover of classical music puts me in a VERY small minority, and yet, I still can chose among hundreds of thousands of titles. I don't see hard drive storage of MP3 files replacing all the music media in the world. Not in my lifetime anyway.

Hurrah! (1)

mystery_bowler (472698) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409427)

Excellent! I hope this translates into the kind of momentum that makes iTunes so large that music companies would rather spend their time selling their wares through iTunes rather than influence its license structure.

If you hadn't heard, Sony and BMG are merging their music businesses. I am sure it's a move to consolidate resources in an effort to address a rapidly-changing business dynamic. I wasn't looking forward to seeing such large music distributors trying to impose their will on iTunes.

Oh great. (1)

Pointy_Hair (133077) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409428)

How am I to keep up this buff I/T professional 50+ inch waist with a music download? Keep the music and GIVE US FREE FRIES!!

Will apple update the website? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409438)

I think they need to super-size those sleek silhouettes they use in their Ad campaigns to accurately reflect the McDonalds demographic. I thought apple was all about high style. McDonalds is anything but.

How It *Might* Work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409444)

Now, I dont' know exactly how it'll work, but here's my guess. There will probably be a 'redeme free songs' on the iTunes MS page, where you will enter a code for the song. You'll need to set up an account, but it dosn't require you to give credit card info. My guess is that it'll be just like how allowances are done, where they'll give you a credit towards one song to download and McDs will pay for the rest.

It's not the beginning of the end. (0)

WarmBoota (675361) | more than 10 years ago | (#7409454)

Maybe the middle of the end or perhaps the upper middle of the end, but definitely not the beginning.

iTunes, great for kiddie music (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409459)

This is a good match. iTunes is the musical equivalent of McDonalds: Junk Music.

I'll have a Happy Meal with my free iTunes.

No Deal! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7409469)

McDonald's/iTunes: No Deal To Announce, Company Says

http://biz.yahoo.com/djus/031106/1251001388_1.ht ml
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