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1 Billion iTunes Contest

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the slavering-and-drooling-accountants dept.

Music 141

pvt_medic writes "Apple has announced their newest contest for the 1 Billionth iTunes song downloaded. Every 100,000 downloads someone will win an iPod nano and a $100 giftcard, with the grand prize being an iMac, 10 iPod (60GB), and $10,000 credit at iTunes. Looks like business is going well for Apple."

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May I Be The First To Say.. (2, Interesting)

Ryz0r (849412) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664871)

Holy CRAP that's a good prize!

It's a shame the chances of winning will be so, so slim though.

Also, it seems kinda daft. What would one person want with ten 60 gig iPods?

Re:May I Be The First To Say.. (5, Funny)

catch23 (97972) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664917)

A 600GB raid-0 array!

Re:May I Be The First To Say.. (2, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665030)

How about a 540GB RAID-5 array? That's still a half-terabyte that will survive if one iPod explodes for some mysterious reason. Not that Apple would ever put out an exploding (*cough* laptop *cough*) product.

Re:May I Be The First To Say.. (1)

dc29A (636871) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664932)

What would one person want with ten 60 gig iPods?

eBay?

Re:May I Be The First To Say.. (4, Funny)

jcr (53032) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664987)

What would one person want with ten 60 gig iPods?

Some people have ten friends or relatives they could give them to.

-jcr

Re:May I Be The First To Say.. (4, Funny)

afaik_ianal (918433) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665088)

Some people have ten friends...

On Slashdot?!? You must be new here.

Re:May I Be The First To Say.. (1)

luvirini (753157) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666042)

Well some people do have 9 people on their slashdot friends list atleast.. maybe send one to each... :)

Re:May I Be The First To Say.. (1)

skoaldipper (752281) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665089)

> It's a shame the chances of winning will be so, so slim though.

Huh? You mean after all those "free" magazine sweepstake entries, you never had Ed McMahon show up at your front doorstep like me? Well, ok. My next door neighbor has the same name, and he was just returning my leaf blower...

Re:May I Be The First To Say.. (1)

kahanamoku (470295) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665540)

10x iPods?..

hmm, perhaps I could run a competition where every 100,000 items purchased off my shop can... uhh.. never mind!

If I can get fp, then I can be the Billionth too (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14664873)

NM

10 iPods? (4, Insightful)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664880)

I'm curious, what does one do with ten 60GB iPods? It seems that you keep one for yourself and sell the other 9 on eBay. Maybe give some to your friends? Maybe give an iPod to your senator [ipaction.org] ?

It just seems like ten iPods is a lot for one person and will just end up being given away.

probably 10 different winners... (0)

Cryptnotic (154382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664918)

Similarly, the iMac will go to one person, 10 ipods will go to 10 people, and the $10,000 in iTunes songs will go to maybe 100 or 1000 different people.

oops... I was wrong... (1)

Cryptnotic (154382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664953)

Looks like I didn't read the fine article. Seems the lucky winner does indeed win 10 iPods and $10,000 credit on iTMS.

Re:oops... I was wrong... (1)

Stuart Gibson (544632) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665125)

Well, $10000 should be about right to fill a 60gig iPod. Since iTunes lets you copy music to an unlimited number of iPods that looks like a great eBay opportunity for an unscrupulous winner...

Stuart

Re:10 iPods? (0)

jzeejunk (878194) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665077)

imagine a beowulf cluster of 10 60 GB ipods ... omg!!

Mod parent A++++++++ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665236)

jerry, very funneeeee guy

Must not be a photographer... (1)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665140)

I sooo need the Hard drive space.

Re:10 iPods? (1)

wasted time (891410) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665740)

I'm curious, what does one do with ten 60GB iPods?

If I win, I'll have 9 new iFriends.

I mean, no mention of the scholarship? (5, Informative)

l3prador (700532) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665991)

I can't believe OP missed (IMO) the coolest part of the grand prize...

Apple will create a full-ride scholarship in your name to a world-renowned music school.

Classy.

Re:10 iPods? (1)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666465)

One makes a RAID array of iPods, THAT is what one does with 10 60GB iPods!

Remember the RAID Shuffle? Implemented a little better, perhaps, with each on its own USB port instead of sharing one, especially for 60GB each.

Re:10 iPods? - That's the point... (1)

trimsyndicate (863819) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666591)

It just seems like ten iPods is a lot for one person and will just end up being given away. What better way to get 9 more people hooked on buying iTunes downloads (and by extension other Apple products)?

Re:10 iPods? (1)

Penguin Programmer (241752) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666795)

what does one do with ten 60GB iPods?

One builds a tiny Beowulf cluster, of course!

Re:10 iPods? (3, Insightful)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667054)

Well, I think Apple is expecting the person to give them away. Then there's 9 more iTunes customers.

Entry open to... (4, Interesting)

kahanamoku (470295) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664895)

Entrants must be 13 years of age or older, and a legal resident of one of the 50 United States, including Washington, D.C., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.

However, if your zip code isn't 5 digits long, you probably wont receive the prize!

C'mon Apple, how US-Centric are you?...

Re:Entry open to... (1)

Frequency Domain (601421) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664969)

Hell, even if your zip code IS 5 digits long you probably won't receive the prize. Why do you pre-judge that this is a US-Centric contest, given the list of countries you provided? Apple doesn't care who the winner is, they anticipate that people will buy more stuff(tm) in an attempt to become the winner.

Re:Entry open to... (4, Informative)

kahanamoku (470295) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665497)

http://www.apple.com/itunes/1billion/entryform/ [apple.com]

The MZFinance.MZAlternateEntryForm.Zip field must be at least 5 characters.

Re:Entry open to... (2, Insightful)

elmegil (12001) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666666)

So basically only US citizens get a way to enter for free. As required by US law. Why is that surprising?

Re:Entry open to... (1)

SD_92104 (714225) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667243)

Prepend with zeroes - works like a charm (and your local post office won't mind from my experience)

Re:Entry open to... (1)

EuroChild (523969) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665999)

"...legal resident of one of the 50 United States, including Washington, D.C., Australia, Austria, Belgium...

Hey, last time I checked Australia wasn't part of the United States...! Oh, wait, no - apparently we are now...

Re:Entry open to... (1)

dr.badass (25287) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666238)

C'mon Apple, how US-Centric are you?...

The very next line after the portion you quoted is this: Entrants must enter the Promotion through the iTunes Music Store accessible in your country of residence.

Entry not open to Quebec ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14666549)

Why? What did we do? Or maybe this is Apple's way of punishing Quebec for crippling Canadian politics with irrelevant and unrealistic zealotry.

Re:Entry not open to Quebec ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14666889)

Qebec law says that if you're running a 'lottery' (which this falls under the definition of) with a prize worth more than C$100, you have to register with the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux [gouv.qc.ca] . You have to pay a fee to register, and it takes a long time to process the application, so it's not worthwhile for most companies to include Quebec in these promotions.

Re:Entry open to... (1)

foniksonik (573572) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667633)

Did you get that number from the US version of itunes? If so, you might want to check to see if the various non-US versions might just have a different address form...

Re:Entry open to...NOT QUEBECOIS!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14667890)

Could be worse. I always feel sorry for the poor Quebecois who are always prohibited from entering these and every other contest. Stupid provincial laws.

Re:Entry open to... (1)

Oscar_Wilde (170568) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667948)

However, if your zip code isn't 5 digits long, you probably wont receive the prize!
 
It seems to be possible to enter white space into the ZIP code box and still have it accepted.

free entries (4, Informative)

HoneyBunchesOfGoats (619017) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664909)

The best part is for those who don't buy into these contests is that you can use the free downloads for entry.

Um, no. From the Official Rules [apple.com] :
How To Enter. You will automatically be entered into the Promotion by: 1) downloading a song from iTunes (any music video or other video downloads and any free downloads will be deemed an ineligible entry); or 2) a free alternative means of entry by completing an online entry form available at http://www.apple.com/itunes/1billion/entryform/ [apple.com] (a song download or free online entry will be deemed an "Entry(ies)").

Re:free entries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665028)

"Um". The sign of a juvenile mind.

Re:free entries (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665058)

Anonymity. The sign of cowardice.

Re:free entries (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665596)

recursive post, the sign of someone who likes a good paradox!

Re:free entries (1)

bcat24 (914105) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666071)

Oh the irony!

Entry form is not accessible (4, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665055)

The entry form uses a visual CAPTCHA, which is not accessible to users with visual impairment such as, say, many iPod Shuffle owners. In jurisdictions with anti-discrimination statutes, this could be considered discrimination or even violate gambling laws because for blind people, a purchase is necessary. Given that the iPod player is an audio device, wouldn't it make sense to include an audio-based alternate confirmation method?

Re:Entry form is not accessible (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665070)

Plus it ain't working anyway. Oooh, dear.

Re:Entry form is not accessible (1)

HoneyBunchesOfGoats (619017) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665145)

Did I /. apple.com? Wow, I feel honored.

Re:Entry form is not accessible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665211)

Class action lawsuit! Go get 'em!

Nice way to insult the iPod Shuffle owners.

Re:Entry form is not accessible (1)

jgc7 (910200) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666380)

Sure, but try to find a lawyer to take this case. Damages = prize * probability of payout. So let's see that is $350/100,000 + 16,000 /50,000,000 = $0.004 per entry. If a blind person claimed they would have entered 25 times per day for 100 days you come to a fair settlement of $9.55. Even if you formed a class action, the settlement would be less than the postage required communicate with the members of the class.

Unauthorized gambling is a crime (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667016)

Damages = prize * probability of payout.

Punitive damages, especially in the case of a tort that has a corresponding crime such as unauthorized gambling, can be much greater than actual damages.

Re:free entries (1)

drDugan (219551) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667097)

holy perl scripts batman!!

FTEF (from the entry form):

(Limited to 25 entries per day)

Prizes every 3 hours (4, Interesting)

evw (172810) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664910)

If you believe the meter running on the above web page, it ran through 1000 songs in 112 seconds. At that rate they give out the 100,000 song prize every 3 hours 6 minutes 40 seconds. However that also means they're 61.425 days away from giving away the grand prize.

Re:Prizes every 3 hours (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665013)

I don't believe you are correct.

My math based on the last 3 hours of sampling data...

100,000 songs every 48 minutes.

We should hit 1,000,000,000 songs sometime late (PST) on the 23rd of February or the very early morning of the 24th.

Re:Prizes every 3 hours (4, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665018)

If you believe the meter running on the above web page, it ran through 1000 songs in 112 seconds.

That's about right.

BTW, I spoke with the programmer who implemented that counter. It phones home to adjust its tick rate, so it's pretty close to the actual running count, barring massive network latency.

-jcr

Re:Prizes every 3 hours (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665141)

It doesn't seem to phone home often enough. I left the web page open (in a tab) for a while, then noted at 16:07:58 PST that the count was 952,662,060. At 16:14:33 PST I hit reload and the counter went backwards to 952,550,275!

Re:Prizes every 3 hours (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665317)

I left the web page open (in a tab) for a while,

It probably doesn't phone home when the applet isn't visible.

-jcr

Re:Prizes every 3 hours (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14667134)

It probably doesn't phone home when the applet isn't visible.

Looking at the source, it only updates on first load.

Re:Prizes every 3 hours (1)

rebot777 (765163) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665659)

That's probably not accurate seeing as how the number of songs bought at 6pm would probably greatly differ from those bought at 6am. Chances are you were checking at a peak time in purchases.

Dear Winner: (5, Funny)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664951)

Good luck with your taxes in 2007.

We'll be watching.

The IRS

Cheap Bastards (-1, Troll)

c0d3r (156687) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664963)

At 1 dollar per song.. thats one million dollars per ipod.. cheap bastards..

Re:Cheap Bastards (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665096)

Mathematically challenged much? You also forgot to take into account the fact that Apple don't get to keep that dollar for themselves; the majority goes straight into the pockets of the recording companies.

Re:Cheap Bastards (1)

lawnboy5-O (772026) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667939)

Steve - come on - are you still peaved about this?

Song titles appear when you click on the links (0, Troll)

yogikoudou (806237) | more than 8 years ago | (#14664978)

And most of them are crap.

hey check this out (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665008)

January 31st, 2005, was the last day that Michael Sims, Nazi editor [slashdot.org] of Slashdot, ever posted a story or indeed was ever heard from again. But what happened that day to Michael Sims? Did his embroilment in the Censorware.org conspiracy finally catch up with him? Or was he involved in a violent, and ultimately fatal, lovers' spat with his partner Jamie McCarthy? The truth, as we'll see, is much more perverse than fiction.

On New Year's Eve of 2004, the entire Slashdot staff was throwing a party to celebrate another year of Linux propaganda, homosexual recruitment, and the profits that their Microsoft ad banners had raked in for them. Eric Raymond, Emad, Roblimo, Hemos, Taco, Jamie, and Alan Cox all planned to rape Richard Stallman later in the night. Michael had shown up late, however, and was let in on the plans after they were made.

As it turned out, Jamie was to be leading the charge against the Free Software Foundation's founder and would be the first to penetrate Stallman's hairy unwashed ass. Michael, however, was jealous of this and made secret plans to thwart their nefarious venture of homosexual rape. The event was planned for zero hours, right as the ball dropped. But Michael had other ideas.

Michael suggested they all toast their plan with Jägermeister, Eric Raymond's drink of choice that was in heavy supply that night, and the rest of the partygoers followed. While everyone downed their first shot, Michael slipped into the VA Software office's break-room, grabbing the syringe Raymond used to inject Rob Malda's semen with on the way. Michael leered at the case of Jägermeister, needle in hand.

Minutes later, Michael reappeared in the conference room with more Jäger, ready for more shots. Over the next couple of hours they indulged in several drinking and party games, spurred on by Michael, as they drank bottle after bottle of the dark brown herbal liquor. If one were to pay special attention to Michael, however, they would note that Michael drank much less than anyone else and only from his own bottle.

Emad and Roblimo were involved in a powerful sixty-nine cheered on by Hemos and Alan whose bent geek penises throbbed near Emad's head and Roblimo's bloated ass, waiting for an opportunity. Moaning, Emad diverted his wet mouth from Roblimo's butthole and took down Hemos and Alan's cocks in quick succession. Hearing the wet, sloppy commotion behind him, Roblimo lost control and glunked all over Emad's chest.

Across the room near the podium, Eric Raymond was man-handling Rob, jamming a handgun down the back of his pants and asking him if he remembered their special night in Holland [slashdot.org] . Rob was giggling like a school girl and squirmed with all his might against the cold steel. Eric rained a shower of Jäger over Rob's head which Rob greedily tongued up even as Eric's skinny red penis entered his ass cheeks, probing for the brown prize.

The conference room was awash in gay cum and chaos, Michael noted happily as he surveyed the carnage around him. Emad had now teamed up with Alan and Hemos to rape Roblimo's ass as Rob was being pistol-whipped to orgasm by Eric, all oblivious to the massive amounts of Rohypnol they were ingesting as they drank the Jägermeister Michael had given them. It wouldn't be much longer before the drug took effect.

Another half-hour into the night, Eric paused from raping Taco's mouth and sodomizing his anus with his Glock, short of breath. His head swam and he looked at his bottle of Jägermeister. I can usually down six of these babies, thought Eric, wondering why he was now farting uncontrollably. Rob's nose wrinkled as Eric's rectum expelled another gallon of aerosolized feces into the air. Stooping, Eric held on to the podium for support.

Across the way, Emad pulled his tiny Iranian dick out from between Alan and Hemos's in Roblimo's ass and doubled over. Alan and Hemos continued pounding Roblimo's purple, swollen anus even as Emad began vomiting all over their cocks, thinking it a move on Emad's part to spice things up. Roblimo passed out again for the fourth time that night, but as Hemos slapped him, he failed to wake up.

With Emad vomiting even more violently now, Hemos wondered what was going on. He held a hand to his head as he began forgetting why he was balls-deep in some old man's ass. Alan began hiccuping, which led to uneven strokes and finally a quick orgasm which was quickly washed away by more of Emad's vomit. Nausea rose in Alan's throat as the scents of semen, man-ass, sweat, and vomit overcame him.

Michael was smiling from the corner chair at the table when the telecom beeped. He quickly left the conference room and headed toward the VA Software compound's front doors to let RMS in. As he rounded the last corner, however, Michael almost dropped his bottle of untainted Jäger when he saw that Stallman was not alone. Standing next to him was the CEO of VA Software, Larry Augustin.

His mind racing a thousand miles a minute, Michael feigned a security malfunction when he tried to open the door, leaving Stallman and Augustin stranded outside in the cold. Waving Michael off, Larry Augustin was about to get a slim-jim when he stopped, staring, right behind Michael. There, crawling on the ground, was Rob Malda in his familiar green-and-white plaid shirt, covered in chunks of semen, blood, and feces.

Rob Malda looked up at Augustin and feebly reached out to him before vomiting on the cold tile floor and passing out with a squish in his own sick. Larry and Richard's faces were masks of horror and disgust, and they wasted no time in forcing open the doors. Larry disabled the alarms while Richard checked Rob's pulse. As Richard loosened Rob's collar, Larry turned to Michael.

What the Hell happened here tonight?

The conference room was a mess. Feces covered the wall and in some places even the ceiling. The carpet was soaked with blood, semen, diarrhea, and vomit in a stew so unimaginable that the room was later bulldozed instead of being professionally cleaned. On the dry erase board, someone had gotten creative and drawn erect, ejaculating penises in their own poo. And behind the podium lay Eric Raymond, sleeping fitfully.

At the other end of the room, Emad was curled into fetal position surrounded by a lake of vomit and curdling shit, both trailing from his soiled form nothing new to him [slashdot.org] . Hemos and Alan laid moaning next to one another, limp dicks in one another's slimy hands. Behind them Roblimo's morose form breathed shallowly, ass in the air where he had passed out earlier. He farted in his sleep as Larry Augustin looked on, mouth agape.

Next week, Larry Augustin held a special meeting with the Slashdot staff. Emad, Jamie, Roblimo, Rob, and Hemos all seated themselves and the meeting began. Eric Raymond also showed, though everyone there seemed a little perplexed. Their party had gotten messy but no one remembered how. Eric wanted especially hard to remember, he thought as he patted his stomach, which still gurgled painfully.

Early in the wee hours of January 1st, 2005, Larry watched as sickened paramedics loaded VA employee after VA employee into the backs of ambulances and raced them to the hospital. They were treated for dehydration and were all given stomach pumps, enemas, and several rounds of antibiotics. They were also tested for drugs and the results were more than a little surprising. Michael, however, had been the only one to test negative.

Hour after hour went by in the VA board-room as each one of the partygoer related their experience. Roblimo, now wheelchair-bound, took the mic and shared his experience that mirrored everyone else's: After his first few toasts of Jägermeister, he remembered nothing save waking up a day later in the hospital, tubes and wires trailing from his bruised body. Roblimo was suffering from a rectal prolapse.

It was decided by a unanimous vote that Michael Sims was to be fired with due haste, as he had drugged the entire Slashdot staff in an attempt to rape them. Unfortunately, due haste took about three-and-a-half weeks so the shareholders could approve the move. Their reaction to the story removed any doubt about Michael's fate and the motion was carried unanimously. Michael was terminated January 31st, 2005.

So now you know why Michael Sims hasn't posted any new stories to Slashdot since January. Let it be a warning to you, gentle reader, of what evil lurks in the hearts of psychotic Linux zealots and Nazi propagandists. Since then the boys at Slashdot have been able to laugh it off, but consider their depraved anus-games. You might not be so lucky were Michael Sims to happen to you. You have been warned.

Thank you.

Hah. (3, Informative)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665032)

(1,699 + (10,000*.99) + (10*399)) *.3 (ballpark) = $4,676.7

Will Apple provide low interest financing to the winner so that they can pay for the taxes? Otherwise they probably threw in the extra 9 iPods just to make it more prohibitively expensive & hope that the winner can't claim the prize.

Re:Hah. (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665459)

The 500M contest was the same thing but without the iMac, I am sure the winner claimed the prize.

The winner could sell most of the iPods and make most of that money back. Basically the contest provides enough audio to fill most of a 60GB unit.

Re:Hah. (1)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665757)

Not being from America I have no idea how your tax system works... do you have to pay taxes on all winnings? at what rate would you pay it? and who decides how much a prize is woth (is it its cost price or market value if it were new in a shop - and if so what shop)?

Re:Hah. (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665831)

I don't know the details either. I'm just pretty sure that such winnings have to be taxed as income, otherwise people might use "contests" to circumvent income tax.

Re:Hah. (1)

grrrl (110084) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667040)

in Australia I'm pretty sure you don't have to pay tax on winnings (though I remember something about games of luck vs games of skill having different rules), but the competition itself has to be registered with the relevant authority in each state

Sell the extras. (3, Insightful)

sfgoth (102423) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665836)

Otherwise they probably threw in the extra 9 iPods just to make it more prohibitively expensive & hope that the winner can't claim the prize.

Maybe they threw in the extra 9 iPods so you could sell them on eBay to pay the taxes?

Or maybe they don't actually care either way.

Re:Hah. (2, Interesting)

NoStrings (622372) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666562)

Fortunately, those of us in countries other than the U.S. don't necessarily have to pay taxes on winnings. This contest is open to people in Canada who would not have an extra tax burden if they won. (We already pay enough taxes!)

Re:Hah. (1)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667746)

.3? Thirty percent taxes? Try more like six percent.

Re:Hah. (1)

pintomp3 (882811) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667836)

do u have to pay taxes on the 10k worth of songs? i can understand the rest, but the songs are not a physical gift, and the money never comes to you. it's more like 10k worth of free downloads. of course if they give u a gift card that you can sell, i can understand having to pay taxes on that. if it's just putting a bunch of credits in your account, it would really suck to pay taxes on that. especially if you don't "redeem" all of it.

Sign of the times (4, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665042)

You can tell that iTunes is being embraced by everyone when the top-selling songs are "Grillz" by Nelly, "Shake That" by Eminem and "L.O.V.E." by Ashlee Simpson.

Re:Sign of the times (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665101)

smart point

Troll? Naw (1)

Spiffness (941077) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665157)

Troll nothing, its the sad truth. Shows exactly what a sad state the 'music' industry is in. I wonder how many wonderful artists are hidden away because they dont fit the tight mold it takes to sell millions these days. Just dont SUCK enough to make the cut. Actually, wherever they are, I hope they stay there.

Time to drag out this old chestnut: (3, Funny)

This Old Chestnut (759273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665267)

"I used to be with it, but then they changed what 'it' was. Now, what I'm with isn't it, and what's 'it' seems weird and scary to me."

-- Abe Simpson

Re:Sign of the times (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14667356)

Speaking of this type of thing - I've started wondering how easy it would be for the record companies
to manipulate the rankings of the top ten in iTunes, by getting reps to 'buy' songs & albums that they
want to raise the rankings on.

Given that probably over 1/2 the money goes right back in their pockets, it could be a form of cheap
advertising.

Does video downloads count... (3, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665056)

Does anyone know if video downloads count in this contest? Winning the grand prize while downloading the latest episode of Battlestar Galatica would be awesome!

Re:Does video downloads count... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665214)

They should since videos cost more, but no, videos and free songs don't count. From the Official Rules [apple.com] :

3. How To Enter. You will automatically be entered into the Promotion by: 1) downloading a song from iTunes (any music video or other video downloads and any free downloads will be deemed an ineligible entry); or 2) a free alternative means of entry by completing an online entry form available at http://www.apple.com/itunes/1billion/entryform/ [apple.com] (a song download or free online entry will be deemed an "Entry(ies)"). One Entry will be automatically submitted for each song downloaded. The recipient of song(s) purchased through the "Gift this Music" feature on iTunes will be deemed the entrant upon successfully redeeming the song(s) (upon download). The authorized iTunes account holder will be deemed to be the entrant for Entries via song download. Free Entries are limited to twenty-five (25) entries per person, per day. The Promotion begins following the downloading of the 950,000,000th iTunes song, and ends with the downloading of the 1 billionth Entry ("End Date"). Only Entries submitted in this time period will be accepted.

Doing Well? (0, Troll)

RingDev (879105) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665065)

"Every 100,000 downloads someone will win an iPod nano and a $100 giftcard, with the grand prize being an iMac, 10 iPod (60GB), and $10,000 credit at iTunes. [Factually incorrect statement removed] Looks like business is going well for Apple"

So, for every 100,000 downloads (~$100,000.00 gross) they are giving away $50 in hardware and $100 in gift certificates. Wow, that's almost impressive.. wait, no it's not.

They'll gross just shy of $1 billion during this period, during which they will award About $161,000.00 in hardware and certificates. That's .0016%. If their profit margin isn't large enough to sustain that amount with ease, then they need to look into their pricing structure.

-Rick

Re:Doing Well? (1)

Shut the fuck up! (572058) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665200)

LOL. How old are you? 12? You think Apple is only giving away a few hundred grand because they're just squeeking by? And do you really think it costs Apple anywhere near that much? The prizes probably cost Apple less the $10,000 in total. But they are going to put the full value on the books for tax purposes. Selling iPods and iTunes aside, Apple is making money off just giving away the prizes. Money, which by the way several people have pointed out, will be paid to IRS by way of increased taxable income. If you look at it from the right perspective, Apple is screwing the winners.

Re:Doing Well? (2, Interesting)

GaryPatterson (852699) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665210)

What's your point? That Apple are wrong to offer a prize at all? Or that you think it's not enough? That they should offer their entire profit margin as prizes?

Remembering the breakdown of money from each song sold, I think Apple only get a few cents per track. At that rate, it's not a bad prize. It's even better for people who are just doing what they do anyway.

Maybe one of those other, competing music stores could offer a better prize for their billion mark.

Re:Doing Well? (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665428)

My point is that the summary is about worthless. That is all.

-Rick

Re:Doing Well? (1)

GaryPatterson (852699) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665551)

Fair enough.

Re:Doing Well? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665328)

So, for every 100,000 downloads (~$100,000.00 gross) they are giving away $50 in hardware and $100 in gift certificates. Wow, that's almost impressive.. wait, no it's not.

Suddenly companies are required to give away a substantial proportion of their earnings in contents?

Not to mention your definition of "gross" is a little off since they only get $0.33/song, the rest going to the labels. Then they pay for bandwidth, maintenance, managers, etc. So how much "profit" they are making is up for question, not that it makes the prize worth 50% of their earnings or anything.

Re:Doing Well? (2, Informative)

RingDev (879105) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666780)

My point was not to rag on Apple, but to rag on the summary writer and editor. The summary was factually incorrect and made it sound like this give away was a sign of Apple's financial strength.

I don't mind taking the ocasional troll rating, but atleast let people understand what I was trolling!

-Rick

Re:Doing Well? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14667933)

Apologies, I misunderstood.

Little-known exception (5, Funny)

Carpe PM (754778) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665127)

If the billionth song is a Michael Bolton tune they are skipped and the winner will be the next one.

Re:Little-known exception (1)

aventius (814491) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666332)

cue ... "why should be the one to change my name... he's the one that sucks"

No incentive to use iTunes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14665378)

There's no real incentive to use iTunes, in any case, if you're not running Windows or a Mac, and even less so if you don't have an iPod. What's the use of downloading music through iTunes if you don't have the freedom to take it around with you? Yes, I know you can de-DRMS iTunes music, but it's a bit of a pain to have to go to such lengths to be able to use the music you bought.

Re:No incentive to use iTunes (3, Funny)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665516)

What?! Could you speak up a little bit? I'm having a little trouble hearing you over all the noise this cash is making.

Sincerely,

Steve Jobs

Re:No incentive to use iTunes (2, Funny)

iainl (136759) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667957)

Quoth the modded-down AC (sadly, I think it's mildly amusing): "There's no real incentive to use iTunes, in any case, if you're not running Windows or a Mac, and even less so if you don't have an iPod."

Well, um, no. In other news, there is very little incentive to buy fuel if you don't own a car to put it in, barely a point to buying DVDs without a player of some kind, and deaf people don't buy very many CDs.

Quite what this insight has to offer the debate, I'm not sure, however.

The Trade-offs (0)

SilentOneNCW (943611) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665535)

Let's see: $10,000 worth of virtual goods, $5500 of real goods for the grand prize. Pretty good. But what will Apple gain? For $1,000,000,000 song downloads, they gain what, 99% of that in dollars? And in addition to that, they get major publicity and an increased rate of song downloads... They should just hold these kind of contests all the time, as they lose almost nothing and gain the most important thing of all: sales and media attention. What could be better?

Re:The Trade-offs (1)

discstickers (547062) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665620)

hey should just hold these kind of contests all the time.

Dilution.

Re:The Trade-offs (1)

SilentOneNCW (943611) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665797)

That's why I said these *kind* of contests. Yes, they would get diluted, but they would also transform iTunes into a kind of online lottery, as well as a music source, which would add to its lasting image as a worthwhile place to shop for music.

Re:The Trade-offs (4, Funny)

softspokenrevolution (644206) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665858)

That's right, because every $.99 is pure profit for apple

Odds of winning... (1, Redundant)

jollyroger1210 (933226) | more than 8 years ago | (#14665615)

odds of winning? 1 in a billion.

Additional prize... (3, Interesting)

dr.badass (25287) | more than 8 years ago | (#14666215)

There's an interesting extra part to the Grand Prize, which isn't listed on the main page:

In addition, a scholarship will be created by Apple in the name of the Grand Prize winner to a world renowned music institution to be selected by Apple. The scholarship recipient shall receive four (4) years of tuition to a university-level program at the music department of the selected institution. The Grand Prize winner shall not be eligible to receive the scholarship or participate in determining the scholarship recipient. The scholarship shall have no monetary value to the Grand Prize winner. -- Official Rules [apple.com]

Re:Additional prize... (1)

ASUSanator (700145) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667084)

It is definitly the coolest part of the prize. It would be hot to have something named after you.

Re:Additional prize... (2, Funny)

dr.badass (25287) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667189)

It would be hot to have something named after you.

I read that about two seconds after misreading your user name as "ASSanator". Needless to say, I found it amusing.

Re:Additional prize... (1)

ASUSanator (700145) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667269)

Yeah, I get alot of that. Including anusanator and arseanator aswell. Sometimes you wish you had some foresight in choosing your usernames. I was young when i chose it and most people recognise it as me, makes it difficult to change. I somehow think i would use my real name and not asusanator for the naming :P

Re:Additional prize... (1)

pintomp3 (882811) | more than 8 years ago | (#14667849)

if i win, i want the scholarship to be called "the human fund"..
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