The Grand Scam on iTunes That ALMOST Worked

They thought they had come up with the perfect crime.  

First, get some completely unknown (and complicit) artists to post songs on iTunes.  

Second, steal a bunch of credit card numbers and use them to set up phony iTunes accounts.  

Finally, use those iTunes accounts to buy crazy numbers of downloads from those unknown artists.  

The result was a tsunami of royalties paid out by iTunes.  When that worked, the same scam was perpetrated on Amazon.  

By the time the plot was uncovered, this 11-member gang had netted over $1 million from iTunes and more than $1.5 million from Amazon.  But you can’t do something that involves this kind of money and not get caught.  And they were.  Now they’re in jail.

Read the whole story here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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