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The Trouble with Free

Well, it's no Mike Davidson contest, but here's your chance to benefit from my misfortune and get your very own iTunes free download.

code for free song from iTunes music store

The Gap's newest promotion—creatively called “What's your favorite song?”—entices customers to try on a pair of their new jeans. In return, they'll give you a free download from the iTunes music store; you don't even have to buy the jeans, you just have to give them a chance.

My girlfriend got suckered into their scheme, but, true to their word, they delivered a card good for one song from store. Knowing full well that I would probably be more apt to use it, she graciously donated it to me.

Seeing that the expiration date was about a month away, I fired up my iTunes and set out to redeem myself a song. After picking one, I followed the directions on the card to cash in. The code was hidden under a scratch-off section, so I set about with a quarter in hand. Scratching away, it seemed that all the quarter was doing was scratching the cardboard off, so I switched it with a penny. To my frustration, the penny did even more damage to the back of the card. After a while, I finally managed to reveal a bit of the hidden code, but, to my dismay, every combination of characters I scratched off that I tried to salvage was incorrect.

To this end, I lay the challenge before you. Using the screenshot above, the first one that can get it to work is welcome to treat himself/herself to a song of choice, courtesy of Apple, the Gap, and yours truly. Just open your iTunes, click on “Music Store“, and select “Redeem Song” from the Gap-branded callout. All I ask in return is that you let me know what the stupid stupid code is.

Update: It seems we have a winner! Courtesy of Charles, I have another code for the first person that can digitally recreate the file and post the image in the comments area. The image must be 300px wide. The comments area will support an <img> tag, but you must host the image on your own server and specify an absolute URL as the src.


Charles said:

Managed to get it figured out: <* edited out *>. I've gotten quite good at deciphering these ridiculous things - as they all tend to lose the cardboard.

I've sent you another in exchange via your contact form. Thanks!

Posted on August 29, 2005 01:02 AM

Dan Mall said:

Wow, that was fast!

Posted on August 29, 2005 08:04 AM

jordan said:

How accurate does the recreation have to be? I'm not particularly good with grunge effects...

Posted on August 29, 2005 04:02 PM

Dan Mall said:

You should try to get as close as you can, but judging on the amount of replies, if you're the only one who replies, then you'll win by default. Just think of it as a learning exercise in distressed graphics. :)

Posted on August 29, 2005 04:20 PM

jordan said:

Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait for a few hours, since I'm off to a footie game at my old high school. :)

Posted on August 29, 2005 04:27 PM

Sebastian Schmieg said:

Damn, too late to the game.

btw. cute girl; she's now my default background image -- nah, just kidding...

Posted on August 30, 2005 02:55 AM

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