Johnny Cash song iTunes' 10 billionth download

Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way" was the 10 billionth song to be downloaded from Apple's Store using iTunes.

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Yes, things really do happen that way. Only this time, somebody is going to like it very much.

Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Ga., just won Apple's iTunes Countdown to 10 Billion Songs contest with the purchase of Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way." This also means the song is the 10 billionth song downloaded from Apple's Store using iTunes.

With his purchase, Salcer got the best deal ever for an online music purchase, a gift certificate for music worth $10,000.

Apple announced the contest and started the countdown earlier this month as the number of songs downloaded from its store got closer to the 10 billion milestone. The company started selling music in 2003, ever since, on average, about 1.4 billion songs are downloaded each year. By far, it's become the biggest online music retailer.

What's most interesting is the fact that during the time of the contest, Johnny Cash's songs were never among those topping the popular purchased list. As a huge Johnny Cash fan, I find the winning song to be appropriate.

He's a great artist to mark a great milestone with.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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