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.

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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.

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