UK Teens Buy Their Own Songs 6000 Times, Make Almost A Million Bucks

Ty Dunitz December 22 Apple

Say what you will about these kids’ moral characters, but this is kind of clever. Uploading music to the iTunes store, a group of UK teens has been accused of using stolen credit cards to download their own tracks thousands of times – ultimately reaping almost £500,000 (almost $775,000!) in royalties.

One teen has already claimed responsibility for 2000 of the 6000 song downloads, and the rest of the group is slated to appear in court beginning January 25th.

Like I said – I don’t pretend to endorse the actions of these kids. Credit card fraud is bad, and wrong, and all that. But damn, as far as iTunes scams go… that’s pretty crafty. That is, minus the fact that credit card activity is meticulously watched, and all that.

No word on whether or not the music was any good. I hope it was a bizarre genre. Like oom-pah-pah. That would make this story even better.

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.
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SmartyPantz
December 22nd, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Pretty simple math here, 775000$ divided by 6000 = 129$ per song download??

 

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