Apple begins 'Countdown to 10 Billion Songs' competition

Keeping in tradition with its countdown to major milestones within its online stores (such as the One Billion App contest held last year), Apple has started its 'Countdown to 10 Billion Songs' promotion, obviously in anticipation of the 10 billionth song download in iTunes.

The promotion, which you can view in iTunes here, limits daily entries to 25 per person. You can enter by downloading or purchasing a song from the iTunes Store, or else you can submit an entry on Apple's website. The winner, selected after the 10 billionth song has been downloaded, will win a $10,000 iTunes Store gift card, which certainly isn't to be scoffed at, though the prize seems to be much smaller when compared to previous competitions; the One Billion App competition featured not only an iTunes Store card as a prize, but a range of hardware as well, such as a Time Capsule and MacBook Pro. A counter displaying the number of downloaded songs can be seen on Apple's competition page, as well as a list of the top 10 songs of all time in the iTunes Store itself. 

If you'd like to enter the competition, which runs until the last song has been downloaded, you can purchase or download songs via the iTunes Store, or enter through the form found here. The rules for the competition are here, should you need to have a look at them (which is always recommended). You must be 13 or older to enter, and of course, you'll need to be in a country in which the iTunes Store can be found.

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I'm not saying they will ignore it. I'm saying that the winner will be someone who actually downloaded the song. Not the person who signed a form

The No Purchase Necessary form is a legal obligation in some places, and they'd get into a lot of trouble if they ignored people who used it!

no purchase necessary? perhaps. But do you really think Apple is going to give the prize to the person who DOESN'T download the 10th billion song? The entry form is just another way for them to collect some information from you.

speedstr3789 said,
no purchase necessary? perhaps. But do you really think Apple is going to give the prize to the person who DOESN'T download the 10th billion song? The entry form is just another way for them to collect some information from you.
It's a legal requirement.

Limit 25 entries per person per day. No purchase necessary.

http://www.apple.com/itunes/10-billion-song-countdown/entryform/

^^

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I don't like that, so I didn't enter.

protocol7 said,
A $10,000 card that works on ALL their stores would be nice.
+1, iTunes only is kinda lame.... but then I could make a few apps and set their prices to $999 and buy 10 copies...I'd get a nice 7K cash much better

Rudy said,
+1, iTunes only is kinda lame.... but then I could make a few apps and set their prices to $999 and buy 10 copies...I'd get a nice 7K cash <img src="http://www.neowin.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif" alt="" /> much better

An iTunes gift card can be used in all stores.

Rudy said,
+1, iTunes only is kinda lame.... but then I could make a few apps and set their prices to $999 and buy 10 copies...I'd get a nice 7K cash much better

That's a good idea actually :P.

protocol7 said,

I'm talking about the iTunes stores, not the Apple ones.

Yes, that's what he was talking about. You can use an iTunes card on the App Store or iTunes Store.

Rudy said,
+1, iTunes only is kinda lame.... but then I could make a few apps and set their prices to $999 and buy 10 copies...I'd get a nice 7K cash <img src="http://www.neowin.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif" alt="" /> much better

that's probably what's they're probably trying to avoid. Lol

Tech Star said,

Yes, that's what he was talking about. You can use an iTunes card on the App Store or iTunes Store.


But only on one country at a time. There are a lot of releases that can only be bought on specific stores. The Canadian one has tracks that the US hasn't. The UK has ones the Irish one hasn't etc. It's a pain because you end up with multiple accounts just to get the music you want.