Johnny Cash Song Download Wins Apple Contest

Louis Sulcer, 71, of Woodstock, Georgia, won a $10,000 iTunes gift card. The song he bought, Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way" was the 10 billionth song downloaded on iTunes. The grandfather of nine says he was putting together a mix of Johnny Cash songs for his son. Sulcer started downloading music three years ago.

Copyright © 2010 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is set to music. The song is "Guess Things Happen That Way." That's the Johnny Cash song that a 71-year-old retired real estate broker downloaded earlier this week from iTunes. It was the music store's 10 billionth downloaded.

The man who bought the song, Louis Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia, received a call from Apple CEO Steve Jobs telling him he'd won a $10,000 iTunes gift card. Mr. Sulcer had been unaware of the contest. He'd never heard of the song, either. He tells Rolling Stone magazine he was just putting together a mix of Johnny Cash songs for his son.

You know, those kids today have to listen to something after they've finished listening to "New York State of Mind." Apparently, this grandfather of nine is the go-to man for music mixes ever since he started downloading music three years ago.

He says he listened to a 30-second preview of song and thought it had some really good picking in it. I agree.

That's the Business News on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

(Soundbite of song, "Guess Things Happen That Way")

Mr. JOHNNY CASH (Singer-songwriter): (Singing) But I guess things happen that way. God gave me that girl to lean on. Then he put me on my own. Heaven help me be a man and have the strength to stand alone. I don't like it but I guess things happen that way.

Copyright © 2010 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.