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Steve Jobs Sends High School Student Free Software

A high school student recently wrote Apple CEO Steve Jobs an email asking for a discounted version of Final Cut Studio 2. Instead of giving the kid the discount, Jobs forwarded the email onto a colleague and sent a free copy of the video editing software the kid’s way.

The student is a long-time Gizmodo reader who told them the story today.

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Below is the high school student’s original letter to Steve Jobs

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Richard Townhill, Director, Pro Video Product Marketing replied.

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Surely a high school student who can afford an eight-core Mac Pro isn’t exactly hurting for cash, but it’s a nice story either way. Don’t let this fool you into thinking Apple is a company of sunshine and fluffy bunny rabbits though, Apple knew it’d make the rounds.

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9 Comments to “Steve Jobs Sends High School Student Free Software”

Ulysses @ November 24th, 2008 at 4:34 pm
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Hey Steve! How about sticking true to that DRM letter, eh?

http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/ (you guys have ignored this it seems)

If I send you an email, will you lift the DRM?

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lucas @ November 25th, 2008 at 8:30 am
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that is not just Apple’s choice. the record labels wanted the DRM included and they are the ones with the power. if Apple drops it and the label wants it, they will take the first chance to drop their music from itunes.

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Pat H. @ November 24th, 2008 at 4:36 pm
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Wait, he sent a free box of video editing software to a HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT with an octa-core Mac Pro? Where is the logic? WHERE IS THE LOGIC? This kid can obviously afford a setup that most of us dream about! I am still rocking a powerbook g4! This kid gets free software? Hey Steve! I’ve gone through 3 hard drives this year.

Where’s my new Macbook Pro ?!?!?!?!?

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Aviv @ November 24th, 2008 at 4:39 pm
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This post wasn’t meant to anger you guys — it was meant to be a delightful story showing how Steve Jobs and Apple are not just a faceless multi-billion dollar corporation. This was NOT an Apple marketing ploy ;)

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Pat H. @ November 24th, 2008 at 4:53 pm
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I’m not angry. I just guarantee that I have less money than that kid, and I know Steve Jobs wouldn’t write me back, so I won’t even try.

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Aviv @ November 24th, 2008 at 4:54 pm
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You’ll never know unless you try Pat. Write a quick email and shoot it over. Quick note: no fluff.

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lucas @ November 25th, 2008 at 8:34 am
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stop and consider something here. the kid didn’t ask for a free copy. he just asked for the discounted price that goes to teachers and college kids. which is fair. he is a student and clearly that $700 price wouldn’t be hurting Apple too much or they wouldn’t do it. That is what should piss folks off. that they can afford that kind of discount on a potentially large scale while reaming the rest of us for almost twice as much.

as for the kids computer equipment, don’t forget that there’s EOL and refurbished. for all we know, he got all of it with discounts and gift cards from the family for like 5 years worth of birthdays and christmas/etc. don’t assume the kid has access to a bank full of money. I got my first computer by doing odd jobs in the neighborhood for almost a year. and then I bought the one that was being ended cause new ones just came out.

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mooreBEN @ November 25th, 2008 at 8:48 am
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@Lucas: bottom line, the kid has a computer setup that most of us would dream of. He’s gone through more machines than most people have ever had, and he’s only in high school ! Either his parents are rich and he doesn’t need the discount, or he has been scamming Apple for years.

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Matt @ August 10th, 2009 at 6:23 am
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You’re all just jealous and GUTTED, because YOU didn’t ask. Give the guy a break – he had a lovely surprise, and why NOT?!. Kingston gave me 32Gb of Mac Pro ram… so what?!

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