Beatlemania! iTunes and the hype machine
Posted 16 November 2010 - 05:48 PM
Thanks. You're right, we normally post podcasts on Wednesday, but for special events we post 'em as warranted.
Posted 16 November 2010 - 11:06 PM
To offer it in crap quality downloads and for the price they want is madness. No doubt they have whipped up enough enthusiasm that the thing will be worth while. But those that like the beatles will have this music already. Its just silly talk.
If it had been offered in 24/96 hi res or something that would be different. All they have done is offered it in lower the usual quality.
Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:38 PM
Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:43 PM
Hmm, I seem to recall Steve Jobs saying in regard to Badfinger, "If you want it, here it is, come and get it. But you'd better hurry cuz it's going fast."
Perhaps you're too late.
Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:08 PM
Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:19 PM
Yeah, you'd think so, but head over to iTunes and look at the top album sales right now:
6. Abbey Road
8. The Beatles (White Album)
9. Sgt. Pepper's
10. The Beatles 67-70 (Blue Album)
11. The Beatles Box Set (13 albums + the two Past Masters volumes)
13. The Beatles 62-66 (Red Album)
15. Rubber Soul
20. Magical Mystery Tour
23. Let It Be
25. Hard Day's Night
For singles, 66 of the top 200 songs (one third) are Beatles tracks.
Clearly, compared to guys like me who bought all the CDs (Rubber Soul to Past Masters) when they were released in 1987 and then re-bought last year's remasters, there must be millions of casual fans who are buying these because it's convenient or because they wanted to just pick and choose specific tracks. In fact, I would've guessed that the singles sales would be off the charts but it's the albums that really surprised me, esp. the Beatles Box Set for $149 at #11!
Posted 18 November 2010 - 05:11 AM