Win $10,000 from Apple for 10 billionth iTunes download

If you've been holding off on buying a bunch of music, now's the time to open up iTunes and start buying for your chance to win big. Just as Apple has celebrated previous milestones in the iTunes store, it is marking the sale of the 10 billionth song sold on iTunes by giving the user who downloads it a $10,000 iTunes gift certificate.

It is expected that the 10 billionth song will sell sometime before the end of February; as millions of songs are sold every day and the pace quickens when Apple announces a contest like this.

The iTunes music store has celebrated several milestones in the past including;

  • 500 million songs on July 18, 2005
  • 1 billion songs on February 23, 2006
  • 2 billion songs on January 26, 2007
  • 3 billion songs on July 31, 2007
  • 4 billion songs on January 15, 2008
  • 5 billion songs on June 19, 2008
  • 6 billion songs on January 6, 2009
  • 8 billion songs on July 21, 2009
The last time Apple had a giveaway for the iTunes music store was four years ago in February 2006, in celebration of the billionth song to be sold, which ended with the purchase of "Speed of Sound" by Coldplay by a 17-year-old from Michigan who won a $10,000 iTunes gift card, 10 iPods, an iMac and a phone call from Steve Jobs.

More recently Apple celebrated the billionth app download from the iTunes App Store by giving 13-year-old Connor Mulcahey a 10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod Touch, a Time Capsule and a MacBook Pro for downloading the Bump app in April 2009.

While the prize this time is less than other milestone gifts, and absent of an iPad, it's still a hefty reward for simply downloading a song. You can enter up to 25 times a day so long as you are 13 or older and live in a country which iTunes is available. If you don't want to purchase a song to enter, you can fill out the no purchase necessary entry form for a free chance to win -- but you'll have to time it just right to win that way.
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