Estimator gets released as iTunes approaches 1 billionth sale

iTunes is quickly approaching its billionth sale, so to prepare for this and help push more sales, Apple will offer several prizes to the person who downloads the billionth song consisting of a 20" iMac, 10 x 60GB iPods and a $10,000 iTunes Music Card.  Each person who also purchases a 100,000th song will also get a prize of a 4GB iPod Nano along with a $100 iTunes Music Card.

In an aim to help increase the chances of catching a 100,000th song, someone has developed an iTunes Estimator that looks at source data to predict the time when a 100,000th song will be downloaded and beeps for 10 seconds prior to the estimated time.  While Apple already has a counter on their website, this has been adjusted such that it does not show the true figure.

Apple yesterday announced a huge giveaway bonanza as it approaches its one billionth iTunes sale.

Each music fan who buys a 100,000th song gets a prize - a black 4GB iPod nano and a $100 iTunes Music Card. The music lover who downloads the billionth song will receive a 20-inch iMac, a $10,000 iTunes Music Card, and ten 60GB iPods.

Apple will also launch a full music studies scholarship at one of the world's leading music colleges in the winner's name.

But how can you increase your chances of snagging those prizes? Enter iTunes Estimator.

It was only last July that we reported on Apple approaching its 500 millionth download, so this is a clear sign how quickly iTunes sales are escalading.  One thing that will be interesting would be to see how much higher sales will go before they level out.  While the music on iTunes is not CD quality and also lacks the CD inlet, etc. that a physical CD purchase would have, with all the problems many music labels are causing with putting iPod unfriendly copy protection measures on their CDs, this is likely helping boost iTunes sales since these are obviously guaranteed to work on an iPod.  Also, any one who does buy from iTunes can also write these tracks as an Audio-CD and these don't have copy protection like most music label's CDs now contain.

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Source: Macworld Daily News

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