The Beatles go digital, sort of
USB outprices box set? We can't work it out either
The Beatles are releasing their whole back catalogue on a USB stick.
It's a limited edition release, with just 100 sticks available to UK punters out of a total release of 30,000.
The group has attempted to keep its music off the internet and have refused to have anything to do with Apple's iTunes malarkey. Of course that strategy has not entirely worked. Their music is still available via BlueBeat, despite efforts by EMI, and in September they released a 13-CD boxset of digitally remastered albums.
The USB stick, which comes in an apple-shaped holder, will cost you £200 - substantially more than the CDs, which seems a bit unfair.
You can add a heartattack to Steve Jobs' list of health issues
But is the apple a reference to the name of their record label or a pointed dig at Steve Jobs?
Along with the albums, the dongle will include 13 mini-documentaries about the studio albums, artwork and liner notes. They will be available from 7 December, but you can pre-order now, link below.
For audio wonks we should note that the contents will be provided in FLAC 44.1 Khz 24 bit and MP3 320 Kbps formats, fully compatible with PC and Mac.
Sky News wrongly reported that the band's catalogue would soon be available on iTunes in September.
You can get your very own Beatles stick, if you're quick, from here. ®
Spot Bollock, me old golden-ears....
"Grow up a bit, I don't think that really has anything to do with Apple Inc. Should Golden Delicious sue as well?"
Right. Except that a) Apple has a long running legal dispute with the Beatles' records label, Apple Corps, over use of the apple name and image. See, for example, a description of one episode in this seemingly never-ending saga:
So Apple Corps releasing an apple-shaped product is likely to irk Jobs.
...and b) Apple has a habit of suing anyone who releases anything that looks even vaguely like an apple. For example:
so it's really not that much of a leap to conclude that Apple Inc. might bring yet another absurd lawsuit.
eh... does that mean I won't be able to hear it on my Woofers,
Paris, I bet she can here high frequency sounds