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This is OUTRAGEOUS! Apple/iTunes to pull "Back In The U.S.S.R" from catalog??
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1 April 2014
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Have you heard this? As if there isn't reason enough to hate Apple/iTunes, apparently after the 6th of the month, they won't be offering "Back In The USSR" for sale as a single anymore! It's part of some political message they're sending to Vladimir Putin's Russia in protest of the Crimea/Ukraine thing. In short, they think the song title itself sends an unpleasant reminder of the enforced annexation of the Crimea, and to "show support" for the idea of economic sanctions against Russia, they're going to make the song unavailable for purchase or download after 6 April.

Whether or not the decision makes any sense politically, it sounds like they've at least got their heart in the right place, right? Well, I haven't mentioned the OTHER half of the story, a couple of "minor" additional details. First, although you won't be able to purchase either the stereo or the mono single (which normally retails for $0.99 USD), they do have a little loophole where you can purchase BOTH versions...for a mere $2.99! (That's a 50% markup btw.) And the second minor detail is that since the Ukraine crisis began last month, sales of the single have increased something like 14,500% over the same period last year. Over 650,000 downloads of "Back In The USSR" have been paid for alone since Putin signed the annexation bill last week. In other words, iTunes knows they have an incredibly hot single on their hands, and want to keep the publicity high on it until they can jack the price waaay up (and force you to buy TWO versions of the damn song!) while sales are still peaking. Cynical money-grubbers, all of them! How can Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia not speak up about this?? If Apple REALLY wanted to make a statement, they should've rendered the song a FREE download. (That's what John would've done, you can bank on that. Even if it meant losing mechanical royalties.)

Just watch, it'll just be a matter of time before Paul's own entire "Back In The USSR" album similarly is taken down as a "gesture of solidarity". (Although you'll still be able to buy all of it's single tracks individually, of course; each one marked up in price by at least 50%, of course. It's all about the rubles, comrades. :( )

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1 April 2014
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It's worse than that - they're pulling it today, April 1st. Fools.

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1 April 2014
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And that, Beatle peetles, is why I don't mess with iTunes.

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1 April 2014
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vonbontee said
 It's all about the rubles, comrades. :( )

vonbontee, this was really well-thought out. Thanks for the laugh this morning. ;-)

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1 April 2014
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Haha, this song was of course pulled because Paul is dead. They don't want you to know so they're steadily removing all later songs where you might notice!

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1 April 2014
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Nice one, Von. You almost had me there.

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1 April 2014
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Thanks! It was a stroke of luck that the time of the post is set at 10:45 on the night of the 31st (even though I actually posted it two hours after that). A posting date of April 1st looks more immediately suspicious...

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2 April 2014
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... I just got it.

Yes, I'm really that damn stupid. 

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2 April 2014
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lol don't worry, wetsroosa! I do this almost yearly and have fooled a recent poster everytime!

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2 April 2014
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Interesting... the thanks is still registered as DEADBEATLES even though I changed my name back.

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2 April 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

Interesting... the thanks is still registered as DEADBEATLES even though I changed my name back.

OMG, I thought it was Heytrud who became DEADBEATLES!

MAKE THIS NAMECHANGING MADNESS STOP!!

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2 April 2014
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NOOO ANNA WHY WOULD YOU TAKE OVER THE SNIFFLEBOTTOM NAME

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2 April 2014
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vonbontee said
 …I do this almost yearly and have fooled a recent poster everytime!

vonbontee, I think this April Fools' gag of yours is so good, that it deserves to be recognized by the Beatles Bible year-end awards. And I'm thrilled to hear that this is something you do on a nearly-yearly basis. So, I'm already looking forward to your next April Fools/Beatles prank. (No pressure or anything, you've got a whole year to think of a new one.) ;-)

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2 April 2014
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I fell for this until I actually read half of the first post and realized what date it is.

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2 April 2014
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vonbontee said
lol don't worry, wetsroosa! I do this almost yearly and have fooled a recent poster everytime!

I have been around long enough to see a few of your AFD posts. You never cease to amaze, my friend. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

Well done!

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2 April 2014
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I believed it because I'm a day late! And that sounds like the stupid kind of thing Apple would do!

Well done VB! apple01

 

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2 April 2014
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Thanks!

Hope I can think of a decent one for next year. And that there'll be NEW MEMBERS to fall for it!

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vonbontee said
Thanks!

Hope I can think of a decent one for next year. And that there'll be NEW MEMBERS to fall for it!

Can't wait! So much more fun to be in on it!

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