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Apple kicks off countdown to half a billion songs

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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2005
News Categories: iTunes

Apple today announced its countdown to half a billion songs sold on the iTunes Music Store.

To celebrate, the company is giving away an iPod mini and an a 50-song iTunes gift card to the iTunes customer who purchases the winning song at each 100,000 interval. The person who downloads the 500 millionth song will win 10 iPods of their choice, an iTunes gift card for 10,000 songs and an all-expenses paid trip for four to see Coldplay on their world tour.

Apple has posted a live song counter online to help users “participate in the race to purchase and download the 500 millionth song.”

“As we prepare to cross this major milestone of half a billion songs, we want to thank our customers, the artists and the music labels who have helped make iTunes a global success,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of applications. “iTunes continues to be the world’s number one online music store featuring the world’s best digital music including special performances such as the Live 8 concerts.”

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21

i read as well that buying wouldn’t be neccesary but would do you have to do then?

Posted by jules on July 6, 2005 at 1:53 AM (PDT)

22

hey ... dont go by the counter. itunes guys wait for a given amount of time say 30 mins and then count the number of songs sold and finally run a counter in equal incriments for the next 30 mins. 30 Mins is just a approx time.

Posted by Deepak on July 6, 2005 at 6:25 AM (PDT)

23

if you read the rules it says that there are 2 ways to enter. 1 is buy a song. the second is click the tell a friend icon next to a song and then send that email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by craiger in IL on July 6, 2005 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

24

what is that 30 min stuff.

Posted by Divya on July 6, 2005 at 11:39 AM (PDT)

25

where do you see the tell a friend icon, and what does it look like?

Posted by gustason on July 6, 2005 at 8:38 PM (PDT)

26

Wow, I love the list of prises. To have 10 iPods is heaven enough not to mention the other items in the 500 millonth winner prise list.

Posted by LDRiPod in Redondo Beach on July 9, 2005 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

27

Lol I should just go and buy 12 million songs so I would definetly be the winner no doubt

Posted by Hummer on July 10, 2005 at 5:14 PM (PDT)

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