I bought this album for one reason: To win the iTunes Music Store one-millionth download contest. The person who downloaded the one-millionth song was going to win a whole mess of sweet Apple stuff and I thought it was going to be mine, because of my elaborate plan.
First, I created an Excel spreadsheet that calculates the number of songs sold per minute and how many seconds were left until the one-millionth song was downloaded. I used the download totals from the Apple website, which was updated every five minutes.
Then I had to find an album that contained a whole lot of songs. At first I thought I had to go with a greatest hits album. The Barenaked Ladiesâ€™ greatest hits had nineteen songs. Def Leppardâ€™s greatest hits only had 15 songs. Okay, maybe this greatest hits route isnâ€™t the best. I really needed something with more songs.
I decided to search the iTunes Music Store classical catalog and found what I was looking for, although it was going to be expensive. I ended up with the $49.95 Mozart: Symphonies set (now $79.92), which contained 117 songs. Perfect! I figured if I didnâ€™t win, the $50 I spent wouldnâ€™t be so bad because I actually like Mozart. But I wasnâ€™t going to lose because I had my super-dooper elaborate plan.
So I had my Excel spreadsheet and my 117 songs Mozart collection, then all I had to do was sit in front of my computer and wait. The number of downloads slowly increased, getting closer and closer to the magic number. When it got about a few thousand downloads away, I purchased my album, but I think a few thousand people across the nation were trying to buy something as well because my purchase wasnâ€™t going through. It stalled for a few minutes. While stalling, I checked to Apple website to see if they had a winner and they did.
Since they found a winner I wanted to cancel my still stalled purchase, but right when I was going to hit the cancel button, my album began downloading.
So here I am with an enormous amount of classical music, all 9 hours, 56 minutes, and 22 seconds of Mozart. Only recently I finished listening to the whole thing and I realize that I have all the classical music I need for the rest of my life.
Itâ€™s good, soothing stuff. I enjoy listening to it when Iâ€™m reading, writing, or falling sleep. No, I didnâ€™t listen to it while writing this review, because I didnâ€™t want to be reminded of my crappy super-dooper elaborate plan.
I canâ€™t believe I got beaten by some lucky guy who bought only ONE song.
Dammit! I think next time Iâ€™m going to need a better Excel spreadsheet.
Item: Mozart: Symphonies
Purchase Price: $49.95 (now $79.92)
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Soothing music. Great to listen to when reading, writing, or falling asleep. A whole lot of music at a wonderful price.
Cons: Didnâ€™t even come close to winning the iTunes contest.