WOWIO’s free iPod Shuffle offer is now over. We had a good four month run, and I’m always on the lookout for similar giveaways that are easy and reliable. Feel free to subscribe to this site, so you don’t miss any future offers!
Well, I’ve been wondering when it would finally happen, and it seems that day is coming – tomorrow! The iPod Shuffle promotion at WOWIO.com is ending tomorrow, June 22, at 5 PM CT.
This also seems to coincide with my own iPod Shuffle breaking, strangely enough. No, not the one I got through WOWIO (I sold that one), but the first generation Shuffle I got for Christmas in 2005. The headphone jack is starting to become “funky,” and the sound cuts out in one of the headphones when it moves (I tested several sets of headphones and it is, indeed, the iPod that’s doing it).
So if anyone wants to help me replace my dying iPod, go over to WOWIO.com and sign up.
My friend has generously offered to give his free Shuffle to me – but that only works if we can find him four more referrals before the timer runs out tomorrow! Update, Friday, 4:30PM: Got the four referrals! The address above now is my best friend, who only needs two more referrals. Can you guys help her get them before the timer runs out in an hour and a half?
FAQ about WOWIO and the Free iPod Shuffle Offer:
WOWIO is a website that offers free ebook and comic book downloads (up to five a day). They make money by putting magazine-style advertisements in the ebooks (although lately I’ve also seen some video ads in there, which are embedded in the PDF of the book, and optional to watch). I’ve found the ads very non-intrusive, and it’s a great way to get free ebooks. I’ve downloaded over 100 ebooks since I signed up in September of 2006.
Why give out free iPod Shuffles?
The iPod Shuffle promotion is a way of attracting more users to their site. Since you have to get 10 other people to sign up for the site to get a Shuffle, that means WOWIO gets 10+ new users for each Shuffle they give out. The more users they have on their site, the more advertisers they can attract.
Why is it asking for a “non-anonymous email address,” a credit card number, or a scan of ID?
WOWIO goes to great lengths to make sure the users on its site are real people, not bots downloading and redistributing their books. A non-anonymous email (usually a university or work email address) is the easiest way to go. There are also “friend and family codes” that a current user can send you to confirm your identity. If you go the credit card route, it will not be charged at all, it will just be used to confirm you are a real person.
Will this site send me a lot of spam?
I have only ever gotten two emails from WOWIO. The first one was letting me know about this iPod promotion. The other was a response to a customer service email I sent them.
And you’re sure this iPod thing isn’t a scam?
Absolutely. Not only did I receive one after I got ten referrals (pictures here), but four other people that I referred received their iPods as well! If I can manage these last few referrals, we can bump that number up to five!