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Another Spin
A blog by Scott E. Shepherd · A continuing look at popular music, past, present and future.


Thursday, February 9, 2006

A Billion to One

iTunes is doing it again. Cashing in on the ever popular iPod, Steve Jobs' iTunes once again is giving away a free iPod Nano for every 100,000th song sold on iTunes in attempt to push to the astonishing one billion mark. And the lucky buyer of the one billionth song gets a 20" iMac, 10 60GB iPods and an iTunes gift card worth $10,000 (because one billion apparently is not enough).

While I would love to get my hands on one of those nifty iPods Nanos (though I would prefer the bigger 60GB number), iTunes still does not offer up enough older stuff for me to take my chances. Maybe the iTunes people will use the proceeds of this drive to aaquire the rights to some more material and actually finish up the "Partial Albums" they now offer (look up the Byrds for example if you don't know what I mean) Heck, Jobs is a baby-boomer, how come he doesn't offer up more from his generation?

If iTunes could offer up the "Nuggets" collections from Rhino (which cover a lot of hard to find 60's garage bands), I bet they could easily coast to one trillion. Until then, the only way to get the obscure stuff is to comb the vast library at Amazon.com or other CD selling sites.

By the way, for those of you who are interested in trying to win the iTunes lottery, as I write, the current number is 957, 679,505 and counting. Good Luck.
Posted at 1:26 pm ET