Apple has named the winners and tracks in its iTunes Music Store billion-song download give-away.
The company also confirmed it will create a scholarship at Juilliard School of Music in the name of the overall winner, Alex Ostrovsky, 16.
The billionth song – "Speed of Sound" – was purchased as part of Coldplay's X&Y album by Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, Michigan. The lucky music fan will receive a 20-inch iMac, 10 fifth-generation iPods and a $10,000 gift card good for any item on the iTunes Music Store.Apple contacted Ostrovsky at 12.45am to let him know about his good fortune. A report in the New York Times reveals his phone hasn't stopped ringing since, with journalists, family and friends making contact to offer congratulations (and in some cases ask for some songs or an iPod).
"I'm certainly going to download more songs now," he said.
"I hope that every customer, artist and music company executive takes a moment today to reflect on what we've achieved together during the past three years," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Over one billion songs have now been legally purchased and downloaded around the globe, representing a major force against music piracy and the future of music distribution as we move from CDs to the internet."
Apple also awarded a prize to each person who downloaded every 100,000th song as the billion song figure approached. Prize winners names, track choices and country of origin have all been published. The UK saw 36 winners, Japan 16, Canada 11, and the USA 406. Winners also came from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.
Apple also confirmed that over 15 million videos have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Music Store.