10-billionth iTunes Store download: Johnny Cash’s song bought by Louie Sulcer

10-billionth iTunes Store download: Johnny Cash’s song bought by Louie SulcerIn a Thursday announcement, Apple revealed that the downloader of the 10-billionth song from Apple’s iTunes Store was Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Ga.; with the song purchased being “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash.

The pressing of the “Buy Song” button at the most timely moment by the 71-year-old Sulcer made him the winner of the contest announced for the 10-billionth download; fetching him the reward of $10,000 iTunes gift certificate.

In an interview, the ecstatic Sulcer, who is a retired real estate broker, said that he was informed about his win via a Wednesday night call by none other than the Apple CEO Steve Jobs; and, on Thursday, he got a ‘thank you’ call from Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash.

Interestingly, ever since the announcement of the contest by Apple earlier this month – as its popular online music retailer iTunes drew close to the 10-billion song download milestone -, Johnny Cash’s songs hardly featured among the songs topping the popularity chart of the iTunes purchase list.

In response to questions about how he intended to spend the winnings, Sulcer said: “That’s the $10,000 question.” Further adding that he expects his three children and nine grandchildren to benefit the most from his reward, Sulcer said: “I don’t think I’ll have to worry about buying birthday and Christmas presents anytime soon.”