The iTunes app store, 21 Black Street and E! Entertainment Television all currently have contests to win iTunes or Apple Store gift cards. Here are the details:
iTunes – Countdown to 10 Billion Apps $10,000 iTunes Gift Card Giveaway: As of this writing, the iTunes app store had 9,989,919,126 iPad and iPhone apps downloaded and is likely to hit 10 Billion within the next couple of days. I asked some software engineers at Colorado-based Dish Network to try to calculate when, but the rate of app downloads is so variable that even the numbers brainiacs could not come up with an algorithm. You can enter up to 25 times a day via either downloading an app (free ones count) or by filling out the form on the iTunes Web site. Here’s the confusing way that iTunes will pick the winner:
The prize will be awarded for the entry (either through an app download or through the non-purchase online entry) sent immediately following the download of the 9,999,999,999th app. The potential winner will be determined by the order of the entries received. In the event that more than one entrant would be a winner based on the simultaneous timing of entries, one entrant will be randomly selected from those entrants as the winner. Each entrant’s chances of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.
I’ll be checking often. Follow @ipaddenver on Twitter for the alert when the time is near.
21 Black Street Short Story Writing Contest: The Break-up – $700 Apple Store Gift Card: This online publisher has frequent short story and poetry writing contests, with the prizes usually being electronics-related. Here are the rules:
Write a great break-up story, enter it to our “The Break Up” short story contest, and get your friends to come to this site and vote for it. If you get the most votes will win a $700 Apple Store gift that you can use towards purchase of any Apple product, including computer, iPad, iPod & accessories. Contest ends Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011. So get started now. Required Criteria: Your central story must be about a break-up between at least two people. 750-word minimum.
I read a fair amount of Twilight Fan Fiction and can attest that some of the best writers on the planet are not published and may have never finished a story before. Think you can’t write? Think again! Download and open up the Pages app or the My Writing Spot app on your iPad and get typing. Scribble it out in the Notes app that came with your iPad. Just start writing.
If you need inspiration, check out Jimmy Fallon’s Twitter Hashtag Game from this week: #worstdate. The video to the left of this post are the ones he read on the show. At the very least, you will have a good laugh.
E! Entertainment Television is periodically giving away $50 iTunes and Ulta gift cards and other prizes between now and March 5, 2011 to celebrate the launch of their Live from the Red Carpet app (see my review of this great app). Here is the prize schedule:
- $50 iTunes gift card – 3 winners Jan. 16 – Jan. 22
- $50 iTunes gift card – 3 winners Jan. 23 – Jan. 29
- $50 Ulta Gift Card – 3 winners Jan. 30 – Feb. 5
- $50 Ulta Gift Card – 3 winners Feb. 6 – Feb. 12
- Stila Makeup Palettes (Approximate Retail Value [“ARV”]: $75) – 3 winners Feb. 13 – Feb. 19
- Stila Makeup Palettes (ARV: $75) – 3 winners Feb. 20 – Feb. 26
- Adrianna Papel Red Carpet Gown, Stila Makeup Package, and XEN-TAN sunless tanner (ARV: $800) 1 Jan. 16 – March 5
You can enter once per day by connecting via Twitter or Facebook on the E! Entertainment Television Web site.
Since the Denver-area Costco stores stopped carrying Apple products, I have not been able to find discounted iTunes gift cards. The last ones I saw were at the Safeway in Lone Tree, CO, in mid-December. If you come across discounted iTunes cards in the Denver metro area, please let me know on Twitter @ipaddenver or via e-mail: [email protected] I’ll give you a $10 iTunes gift card for your trouble.
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