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How to enter the iTunes contest for free

The iTunes Music Store is celebrating their 70% worldwide market share of legal downloads by having a contest to count down to the 100 millionth song with some great prizes like iPods, Powerbooks, 10,000 free songs, etc. You’re automatically entered when you buy a song from iTunes, but shows how to enter for free in this week’s How-To.

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I am trying to find out if Itunes Music Store is working for international purchasers yet? Last time i tried i got a big fat no - and have had no reply to my recent emails to Apple

Posted by Campbell on July 6, 2004 at 1:01 PM (CDT)


I don’t get it… if you refer a friend to a song, how does that translate to a song purchase, thus adding to the count of downloaded songs? Does the referee have to purchase the refered song? Confused.

Posted by Sam on July 6, 2004 at 3:01 PM (CDT)


Sam, no the person who receives the email does not have to purchase the song in order for the download to count.  Once you “tell a friend”, you automatically enter the drawing.

Posted by Michael on July 6, 2004 at 3:09 PM (CDT)


I’ve tried to click the “tell a friend” link, but nothing happens even though I have iTunes 4.6.  If anyone knows what’s wrong please tell me.  Thanks.

Posted by Dylan on July 6, 2004 at 5:20 PM (CDT)


I tried it, and although I am able to “tell a friend” (I get the “Thank You” screen), I am not able to recieve it when I send one to myself.  I dont know if the servers are somehow messed up or if they arent allowing it for some reason, or what.  Either way, how could this enter you into the contest, since the prize is supposedly given to the downloader of one of the milestone songs?  It seems more of a fake, required thing that Apple has to put up with.

Posted by MacFanatic90 on July 6, 2004 at 5:30 PM (CDT)


It is requied, MacFanatic, but if it was fake, Apple could very easily have their butts sued off. Its the law that if they have a contest, there has to be a way to enter without actually buying anything. Same thing with all the contests on soda pop and stuff. If you read the rules, you usually have to send a SASE to them, and they’ll send you a game piece. Same thing here. You send a tell-a-friend email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and they enter you in the contest.
I THINK the way it works is this: songs will increment the counter, so once the official song cout gets to, say, 97,999,999, then the next “entry”, be it a song purchase or a tell-a-friend email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), will win an iPod. By this logic, if the next entry was in the form of a tell-a-friend, then the person that buys the actual 98,000,000th song wouldn’t get anything.
Oh, and you can’t just send a “tell-a-friend” email to anybody, it has to be to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to be entered in the contest.

I was trying to figure out if it would be possible to use the free entry method to make it so that you are very likely to win. What I came up with is rather suprising:
I updated the iTunes contest site ( untill the counter incremented.
Then, I started madly sending tell-a-friend mails as fast as I could, while updating the counter page at regular intervals untill it updated again.
Between updates, the counter went up about 3,000. At the time I saw it update, I had sent a total of 24 tell-a-friend emails.
I am connected to the internet at 28.8kbps, so I’m assuming someone with broadbad could send far more emails in this same period of time.

Here’s how the math works out:
If you were to sit at your comp. for the ENTIRE contest (this is impossible now, as it is almost over), and you did as I did every time it got within 3,000 songs of the next 100,000 mark, you would end of with a probability of (24/3,000)*50, or a 40% chance of winning. If you had broadband and could double the number of tell-a-friends, you would have an 80% chance.
Now, I am assuming that each entry in the 3,000 “block” has an equal chance of winning, and I’m assuming that every site update comes within the same ammount of time, and that it always increments about 3,000 songs, and lots of other assumptions, but the main problem is still that you would have to sit at your computer for about a week, madly sending submissions the whole time for this to work.

Posted by rex on July 6, 2004 at 9:58 PM (CDT)


There’s somthing wrong with my math there. By my logic, if you got 100 TAFs in every time, you would have (by my logic) a 166% chance. That’s not right…

Posted by rex on July 6, 2004 at 11:02 PM (CDT)


Thanks rex.  I have sent multiple TAFS to the Apple address, even sending it 20 times at once (by inputing a bunch of copies of the address and seperating them by commas).  Somehow, when I sent them to my home email, it took over a day for me to receive them.  Either my email is slow or those TAFS are just slow to delivery.

Posted by MacFanatic90 on July 7, 2004 at 11:20 AM (CDT)


This is accurate, just read the rules at

# How To Enter. You will automatically be entered into the Promotion by: 1) downloading a song from iTunes (any Free Download Single of the Week will be deemed an ineligible entry); or 2) a free alternative means of sending an email to Apple at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) via the iTunes

Posted by Rob on July 7, 2004 at 1:48 PM (CDT)


I’ve tried many times to get the “tell a friend” button to work, but it starts to load then stops and I really wish someone would say why this happens.

Posted by Dylan on July 7, 2004 at 3:41 PM (CDT)


Dylan, trying uninstalling iTunes and the re-installing it again.  That’s about the only thing I can think of right now.

Posted by Rob on July 8, 2004 at 1:48 PM (CDT)


Where is the “tell a friend” button?  Does it only show up once you’ve signed up for an iTunes account?

Posted by Jeff on July 8, 2004 at 2:58 PM (CDT)

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