Apple on Thursday announced the name of the iTunes Music Store customer who crossed that
billion song threshold: Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, Mich. What’s more, a scholarship to the prestigious Julliard School of Music is being set up in his name.
Ostrovsky purchased the song as part of Coldplay’s X&Y album. And as the buyer of the billionth song downloaded from the iTunes Music Store since its inception less than three years ago, he’s being rewarded with a 20-inch Intel-based iMac, 10 fifth-generation iPods (five in black and five in white) to share with friends and relatives, and a $10,000 gift card good for any item on the iTunes Music Store.
Apple also announced that it’s establishing a Julliard School of Music scholarship in Ostrovsky’s name to commemorate the milestone.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the billion download milestone represents a significant effort against music piracy and in support of the future of music distribution.
“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 Jobs.