Student Writes to Steve Jobs, Gets Free Final Cut Studio 2

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Sometimes Xmas comes earlier and when you less expect it: A Greenwich High School student wrote a letter directly to Mr. Jobs himself asking politely for an student discount on Final Cut Studio 2. Two weeks later, he got way more than he wanted, shipped directly from Cupertino.The student, a long-time Gizmodo reader and tipster-who is not John Mayer-told me today the story, which is one of those cool little IT tales that makes you smile and want to hug Steve Jobs and two hundred kittens at the same time. Cotton candy and chocolate kittens. Or maybe just hug Steve and eat the kittens. Here's his original mail:

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And here's Apple's reply, straight from Richard Townhill, Director, Pro Video Product Marketing.

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For sure, a high school student with an 8-core Mac Pro doesn't look in need for a free copy of FCS2, but hey, up high for His Steveness and his generosity fostering future generations of Woody Allens and Martin Scorseses. [Thank you, tipster]

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If this had been hardware, I would recognize a sacrifice on the part of apple. Certainly this software is very valuable, but it's also worth noting as odd that this particular kid, although he's "into" Macs and video editing, doesn't know anyone who can pirate a copy of Final Cut Pro 5(or is possibly ethically disinclined to do so). I make no moral claim here, if you feel piracy is wrong that's fine, but most every video editing kid in high school worth his salt should be able to get a copy of final cut for free ninety-nine.

What I'm saying is, it almost just seems like apple is recognizing the fact that this kid wants to actually *PAY* for software(a somewhat rare thing among highschool A/V nerds in my personal observation) that it's saying, "Go ahead, have a copy!" as childish but cool and A-Okay reward.