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o.k. I see the itunes advert, but is it the best place to buy beatles music?
22 December 2010
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The reason why I ask...I'm a very lucky aunt.  Both nephews like the beatles and the youngest, he's 3, *loves* john lennon (that's just how he says it, too : )  )  So the boys, ages 8 and 3, are getting age-appropriate mp3 players and I'd like them to have the experience of kind of writing their own life stories in whichever songs they like (for the youngest, the beatles are a dead shoe-in.)  Your opinions would mean a lot as I'm out and about today & hope to buy them gift cards for buying their own music.  The *only* thing I know is my sister is getting them players from Sansa, not ipods.

 

You'll make a lot of happy hearts replying to this one,

Thanks so much!

sarveshaam

22 December 2010
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Not Really. I would get The CD's. It's just better.

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22 December 2010
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iTunes is the only place where you can buy digital copies of their songs, but they're not DRM protected that I'm aware of, so they should be able to sync to their Sansas. I've bought songs on iTunes that play just fine on my Zune.

You could buy them an album each of the stereo remasters from just about anywhere, and their mom can rip the cds for them. Yellow Submarine or the Red and Blue albums would be good for this occasion.

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22 December 2010
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

Not really. I would get the CDs. 


That's what we did. It makes more sense: If you don't like a large portion of the songs on an album, then if you buy the album on iTunes, you're wasting space. But if you buy the songs song by song, you waste money. Plus, CDs take up actual space, and you can display the albums in your house.

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

22 December 2010
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I only bought the 4 new songs on YS on iTunes, because I was cheap.

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22 December 2010
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

I only bought the four new songs on YS on iTunes because I was cheap.


I'd have probably done that if we hadn't bought YS already. But I probably would have only bought "It's All Too Much" and "Hey Bulldog."

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

22 December 2010
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

I only bought the four new songs on YS on iTunes because I was cheap.


I'd have probably done that if we hadn't bought YS already. But I probably would have only bought "It's All Too Much" and "Hey Bulldog.

I bought all 4 just to have all the Songs.

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22 December 2010
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

Not really. I would get the CDs. 


That's what we did. It makes more sense: If you don't like a large portion of the songs on an album, then if you buy the album on iTunes, you're wasting space. But if you buy the songs song by song, you waste money. Plus, CDs take up actual space, and you can display the albums in your house.
 

It's funny, but I always feel like it's just weird to buy one song off an album, because I always assumed there was a reason why this song came before that one, and it's just better to listen to an album as a cohesive whole. 

But the greedy muffinheads over at Apple will not release Ryan Adams' Cold Roses as an album! They have all the songs on there, but somehow, it's still a partial one, and it's eighteen songs at 99 cents each! And I really like Ryan; the only way to support him is to either buy this, or (obviously) his CD. I suppose I'll have to remember to look at Amzon when I have the funds.

Sorry for the mini tirade...

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22 December 2010
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Like most of the people before me said you should buy the albums if you plan on adding all the songs. But if only for a few songs buy the itunes version. Or if your like me and you don't have real money but itunes gift cards, you buy the albums of them then. That's what I had to do to get the Help! and Sgt. Peppers albums.

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22 December 2010
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skye said:

You could buy them an album each of the stereo remasters from just about anywhere, and their mom can rip the cds for them. Yellow Submarine or the Red and Blue albums would be good for this occasion.


I second that. When I was a child, I listened to the Red and Blue albums A LOT. When they feel like listening to more, depending of their preference (early or late Beatles) they can start getting the albums using this compilation as reference. Yellow Submarine is also a fantastic choice, many kids "meet" the
Beatles through the songs from the movie, I know because my nephews did.

 

I hope this helps!

 

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23 December 2010
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to the extent that sound quality matters, buying itunes makes no sense. The remasters get compressed down to be able to download and all the remastering quality goes out the window.

So if you really want to "hear" the music - then get the cds. Of course if you're going to listen through an ipod or mp3 type device they can't deliver the quality either.

the best way to hear the Beatles is on the remaster cds played on a cd player through great speakers or great headphones. jsut my 2 cents.

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23 December 2010
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Robert, it's like you read my mind, lol :)

 

I've just been listening to the sound bites comparing the Mono to the Stereo set.  I grew up listening to the Mono records, and it's said you can hear all sorts of odd bits, like chairs squeaking, little personal things, on the Mono set, but the Stereo set remastered *sounds* pretty awesome.  It doesn't have that foggy quality of the Mono set.  Heck, o.k., I'm ready to take the plunge and rip cds (the sister said the boys would love "mix cds," a little messy w/ content continuity, but ok...) of one of the sets and any UK songs not in the set that I might have around…which brings up another interesting question, two actually.  One: is there something mysteriously good about the Mono set?  Two:  Does either set contain full UK versions of their albums? (I missed so many songs growning up on US records, I'm trying to catch up now : )  )

23 December 2010
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Both of them have the UK versions of all the albums. The stereo is the better choice, though, because Abbey Road, Let it Be and Yellow Submarine were never released in mono, and therefore aren't in the mono box set.

The stereo set sounds better, too, in my opinion. The mono set is more for completionists.

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23 December 2010
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Sarveshaam: Welcome! And to answer your questions-

 

One: Well, I Am The Walrus has that extra bar, and so does Sgt. Pepper's (Reprise)… There's some differences, but they're very miniscule.

Two: Only the Stero Box set contains all the UK songs in stereo. (with some exceptions, like She Loves You). All the singles are there, too. The mono box set is missing Yellow Submarine (the album), Abbey Road, and Let It Be.

 

"The thirteen-disc collection contains the remastered mono versions of every Beatles album released in true mono. The original 1965 stereo mixes of Help! and Rubber Soul

are included as bonuses on their respective albums. (Both albums had

been remixed by George Martin for their original release on CD in 1987.)

The box contains a new two-disc compilation album entitled Mono Masters,

which compiles all the mono mixes of singles, B-sides and EP tracks

that did not originally appear on any of the United Kingdom albums.

The albums Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road and Let It Be are not included in this set, as no true mono mixes of these albums were issued. A mono version of Yellow Submarine

was released in the UK, but it was simply a fold-down (two stereo

channels combined into one channel) from the stereo mix, not a unique,

separate mono mix. The previously unavailable true mono mixes of the

four new Beatles songs released on the Yellow Submarine album ("Only a Northern Song", "All Together Now", "Hey Bulldog" and "It's All Too Much"), originally intended for a separate, but ultimately scrapped, mono EP, which would have also included a mono mix of "Across the Universe", are included on the Mono Masters compilation. Abbey Road and Let It Be

were issued in the UK in mono on reel-to-reel tape and on LP in Brazil

and other countries, but again, only as fold-downs from the respective

stereo versions.

Also omitted from this set, but included in the Stereo box, is a DVD containing the mini-documentaries included with the stereo remasters of the different albums.

The Beatles

(The "White Album"), which is included in the set, was originally

released in mono only in the UK and a few other countries, but not in

the United States. However, the mono mixes of "Don't Pass Me By" and "Helter Skelter" had been released in the US in 1980 on the Capitol Records Rarities compilation album."

 

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Taken from Wikipedia

 

I agree with Paulrus, buy the Stereo Box or the Stereo Apple USB. The USB has much better quality. I have it, and it is worth the $300!

Try Amazon, it isn't available in stores.

 

Hope this helps!

 

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23 December 2010
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I almost forgot – You mentioned little bits with chairs squeaking and odd noises and such. If you want to find them, use this website. It lists all Beatles songs alphabetically or by album with all the "anomalies" in that song. It has Anthology talking transcripts and more. It's really useful and I recommend you visit it when you get the Box Set.

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23 December 2010
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I would buy the new remaster box, rip it into whatever compression I like and that's all folks!

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24 December 2010
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I think that itunes is the best place to buy music overall, unless you care about having the actual cd's then maybe your local best buy. Itunes is an awesome place because you can buy the widest variety of music, the only place that compares would be Amazon, but still you'd have to pay a shipping fee plus wait a few days. Itunes is mostly set at 9.99, with no shipping costs and you can download it instantly. I've found some strange music on itunes, hopefully Santa will get me a giftcard so I can find something else.

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24 December 2010
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I refuse to pay money for music in a non-physical format.

 

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24 December 2010
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If anyone's thinking about buying stuff on iTunes, do consider clicking on the ad at the top of the page – that way I'll get a small slither of cash, whether you buy Beatles songs or something else, which will go straight back into funding this website. But don't feel you have to!

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Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

24 December 2010
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Nice plug, Joseph.

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