Beatles, shmeatles

Beatles, shmeatles

So Apple introduces the most amazing iPods yet today, removing a few of the remaining flaws pointed out by critics(like being able to buy music directly from iTunes using the device) and what does the major business magazine say?

“iPod Refresh Does Not Include the Beatles,” says “Business Week”.

Let’s set aside for a moment dismissing a major shakeup of one of the most successful consumer electronic product lines as a “refresh”. Why is everybody so obsessed about the Beatles coming to the iTunes Store? Can you not buy every single one of their albums not just individually, but in multiple box sets, in CD format as it is? Can you not rip them to your computer’s hard drive to your heart’s content?

Yes, the Beatles were groundbreaking. Many people consider them to be the greatest rock band ever. Fine.

I suppose this is wider than just a rant about media coverage of the iPod and Apple, but I just don’t understand why everybody practically pees their pants at the mere mention of the Beatles. Maybe I’m too young too understand the greatness that is the Beatles. Maybe it’s because I’m not a member of the Baby Boomer generation, which still thinks the world revolves around it and chafes at the thought that they’re not considered the Greatest Generation by anyone but themselves.

Still, it’s a bit annoying that every time over the past two years that Apple has said it was announcing a new product, this “Beatles on iTunes” rumor pops up. On the other hand, maybe this time it’s actually going to happen. Ack! Now I’m doing it.

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  • It is rather silly since any real Beatle fan will already have their CD’s ripped onto their iPod if that is what they want.

    Now what annoys me is that Apple didn’t release a harddrive based iPod similar to the new iPod Touch.  Real music lovers can’t survive on 8 or only 16GB.

  • Hey, I am a HUGE fan of the Beatles, to the point where I describe the Rolling Stones as “Like the Beatles, but not as good.” But I don’t obsess about them. And I think people who can only talk about one thing are really annoying.

    Of course, I still use the stone-age implement known as the CD player, so I really could care less whether the Beatles’ songs are avaiable to iPods or not. Oh, and my dad is getting his turntable fixed, so soon I will not even care about the CDs. Bring on the original records!

  • Jeff: I used to think so too, but then I realized that through the use of Smart Playlists I only needed to carry a subset of my music plus podcasts. I don’t need more than about 4 hours of music at a time at most before I’m connecting to my computer again. With 16GB, that’s something like 5,000 songs or a few dozen hours of music.

    Megan: Always nice to see anachronists among the young folks. smile

  • Actually, I thought you’d be annoyed that they dropped the price of the iPhone by $200 only a month after the device hit the stores.

    And it’s probably better that the Beatles music isn’t available for sale on iTunes.  It keeps Michael Jackson (who owns most of the rights) from making boffo $ from all of the downloads.  And that’s a good thing in my book.

  • The Beatles were the most significant entry (and near the earliest…) in the Sex, Drugs, Rock’n’Roll culture.

    They paved the way for a number of other and far more hard-core groups.

    So yeah, it’s a Boomer thing—goes along with their Viagra meds.

  • “Always nice to see anachronists among the young folks.”

    I suppose I deserved that.

  • Sure did. smile

    Hey, I have an old Victrola I’m getting rid of. You want it?

    Just ribbing you. I recall it was very common among my peers in Steubenville to glorify old stuff, whether it be old music, old technology, old clothes, or old liturgy. I think it’s a natural desire for an older time that we think was more stable and rooted in something more solid than “I feel …”

    I suppose that for college kids today, the Beatles are for you like Glenn Miller was for me. (God, I am old!)

  • “I suppose this is wider than just a rant about media coverage of the iPod and Apple, but I just don’t understand why everybody practically pees their pants at the mere mention of the Beatles.”

    Hear, hear! I completely agree. I own somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 CDs and have never purchased a Beatles album. Were they good? Yes. Groundbreaking? Sure. Almighty gods of Music Everlasting? Uh, no. I simply don’t care too much for their music as a whole. And, yes, it’s a subjective thing, but it is so annoying to meet people (and it happens often) who think that if you don’t own everything by the Beatles and proclaim their everlasting genius constantly, you don’t know music. As for me and my iTunes, when it comes to pop/rock, we’ll stick with Sinatra, Van Morrison, and a host of others.

  • Hey, Dom… looks like you may qualify for an Apple credit.  Steve Jobs just did a mea culpa to the early adopters.  $200 refund if you bought the iPhone within the last 15 days.  $100 credit for those who bought one prior to that time-frame.

  • I own one Beatles CD, the one with all their #1 hits.  I basically traded an old Everly Brothers CD that I never listened to much, for the amount of money to buy the Beatles CD.  Never listen to it much, either, but it more than covers my rare interest in listening to them.

  • If I have heard this correctly, I think part of the persistent “Beatles are coming to iTunes!” has to do with the name Apple.  The Beatles named their record label Apple way back when and (I believe) the remaining members sued Apple (the computer company) for using it.  The suit was dismissed for the obvious reason that people wouldn’t confuse the two.  But it set up an antagonistic relationship that remained.  It cooled a bit when Sir Paul got his tunes up on iTunes. 

    Not sure if this is 100% but it’s what I’ve heard.  Now, back to listening to some Zeppelin…

  • Technically, the original lawsuit between the two Apples wasn’t dismissed, but was settled when Apple Computer agreed that it would not get into the music business.

    Then when Apple came out with iPods, iTunes, and the iTunes Music Store, it all started up again. That second suit was settled with undisclosed terms a couple of years ago and ever since then there’s been ongoing speculation about when Steve Jobs, a huge Beatles fan, would convince them to let him sell their music.

  • The Beatles wrote a few good little tunes, true, but they can be seen as geniuses only in a culture that has cheapened the idea of genius beyond recognition. Such is democracy.