Monday, March 01, 2010

iTunes 10 Billionth Download Winner Announced

Last Week when 71-year-old retired real estate broker Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Ga., clicked the “Buy Song” button at the iTunes store he had no idea that that one song would net him a $10,000 iTunes gift card. Sulcer won the 10 billionth download contest Apple had been running in honor of their 10 billionth song being downloaded from the company’s iTunes Store since the site went active in April 2003.

Mr. Sulcer will receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card for his fortuitous purchase of Johnny Cash’s “Guess Things Happen That Way.” Mr. Sulcer said in an interview that he learned about his achievement when Apple CEO Steve Jobs personally called on Wednesday night. On Thursday Sulcer heard from Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s daughter, who thanked him for buying one of her father’s tunes. She then put her husband, the musician John Leventhal, on the phone to play the winning song. Mr. Sulcer said he hadn’t had much time to think about how he would spend the winnings. “That’s the $10,000 question,” he said, though he said he expects that his three children and nine grandchildren would most likely benefit. “I don’t think I’ll have to worry about buying birthday and Christmas presents anytime soon.”

More details from Apple

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