Looks like The Beatles are finally ready to share their Apple with everyone…execpt Apple Inc. Yes folks, after all the bitter back and forth over copyright infringement complete with subsequent make up session/settlement and those persistent rumors of The Fab Four finally coming to iTunes, Apple Corps went left and decided to release their catalog themselves. If you listen really hard, you can probably hear Steve Jobs gnashing his teeth, listening to “Yesterday” on repeat, silently weeping in a corner somewhere.
On December 7, The Beatles will be releasing a limited edition USB drive containing the motherlode of Beatles’ music. The 16GB drive contains “the critically acclaimed re-mastered audio for The Beatles’ 14 stereo titles, as well as all of the re-mastered CDs’ visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes.” And get this, the packaging for this tasty musical treat is…shaped like a Granny Smith apple. The same apple logo that caused all the brouhaha in the first place. Dang, someone got seriously pwned!
So if you’re interested in taking a ride on a digital “Yellow Submarine” and getting you some of that Beatles’ “Love”, I suggest you go to The Beatles’ site and get your pre-order in like yesterday. There are only 30,000 copies available and you better believe that they’re going to sell like hotcakes. The price of admission to “Abbey Road” is an exorbitant $279. Ouch!
So how much are you willing to pay for this package, if at all? Make yourselves heard in the comments.