Apple Corps and EMI Music have announced a limited edition USB drive containing The Beatles’ back catalogue.
The apple-shaped drives will contain remastered versions of The Beatles’ 14 stereo albums, alongside the 13 short documentary films that were included in the recent CD reissues, as well as artwork, photographs and liner notes.
The 16 GB drives will feature a specially-designed Flash interface. The music will be encoded in both FLAC 24-bit/44.1 kHz and mp3 at 320 kbps.
The drive will go on sale on 7 December (8 December in North America). The Beatles’ official store lists the drives at $279.99 USD or £200 GBP, although Amazon are listing them for less. Only 30,000 will be made available worldwide.
The albums included on the USB drive are:
- Please Please Me
- With The Beatles
- A Hard Day’s Night
- Beatles For Sale
- Rubber Soul
- Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- Magical Mystery Tour
- Yellow Submarine
- The Beatles (White Album)
- Abbey Road
- Let It Be
- Past Masters
Previous efforts to make The Beatles’ back catalogue available as a digital download via Apple Inc’s iTunes Music Store had stalled.
Also on this day...
- 2009: EMI sues BlueBeat.com for selling Beatles downloads
- 1974: US single release: Junior’s Farm by Paul McCartney and Wings
- 1968: Yoko Ono is admitted to hospital
- 1966: NEMS leaves 13 Monmouth Street, London
- 1965: Recording: What Goes On, 12-Bar Original
- 1964: Live: Ritz Cinema, Luton
- 1964: Mixing: I’ll Follow The Sun, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Rock And Roll Music, Words Of Love, Mr Moonlight, I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party, I’m A Loser, Baby’s In Black, No Reply, I Feel Fine
- 1964: UK EP release: Extracts From The Film A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Live: Royal Command Performance
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
Want more? Visit the Beatles history section.