Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The Day Olds Flooded the iTunes Store

Be right back, I have to go not buy any Beatles songs on iTunes, because, whatever.

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garge (#736)

First Prince William/Kate Middleclass and now this. A day which will live in infamy.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

garge longs for the days of the phonograph cylinder and the divine right of kings.

Bittersweet (#765)

Absolutely. Bring back hemophilia!

Long live The Empire, I suppose.

Multiphasic (#411)

I have to tell everyone about this via Facebook e-mail.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

I just saw a facebook I can't forget the time or place

MatthewGallaway (#1,239)

I like "The Liverpool Band" that's not Echo and the Bunnymen and understand why they're Important, but I never, ever, ever need to hear any of their songs again.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

I second this comment. Your comment has been seconded.

LondonLee (#922)

Thirded, apart from 'This Boy' – still gets me every time.

coryballs (#4,647)

Vinyl, 8-track, cassette tape, cd, remastered cd, box set, and now MP3s! I can't wait to see how I get to buy The White Album next (for the tenth fucking time).

The Beatles are/were very good. However, their music has been out since before I was born. If you want it, you've already got it. (Don't tell me about the new mono mixes. I torrented them and they are better than the stereos.)

MParcells (#375)

They sound like an Oasis knock-off.

misterbarnacles (#2,896)

Judging from which bands sold well on iTunes at the label I used to work at, the olds (and Tweens with gift cards) are the only folks who actually buy music on iTunes.

They're usually the ones with credit cards, so yes.

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

Between this & the royal goings on, I am feeling inundated by the Brits. It's a knifecrimey daaa-aayy (sung to the tune of the U2 song).

KarenUhOh (#19)

Can buy you love.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

People on twitter are actually saying shit like "now a new generation can discover the Beatles." THE FUCKING BEATLES. I expect Steve Jobs to think that highly of iTunes' cultural footprint — but other people share that warped worldview?

LondonLee (#922)

Sadly yes, I've met those people and they're often much, much younger than me which is doubly depressing.

metoometoo (#230)

How silly, don't they know we already had Beatles Rock Band?

Tyler Coates (#451)

I don't think that sentiment is that outlandish! After all, my parents weren't really into The Beatles, so other than various songs that I heard on oldies radio (which I naturally avoided as much as possible when I was a kid), my first introduction to the band was from The Beatles Anthology, which aired when I was in seventh grade. I remember that it honestly did expose my classmates and me to their music in a big way. I don't know if we were outliers, but I doubt it.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

But that's it exactly: the Anthology was a big multimedia event that hit you and me before the age range where kids do most of their musical exploration. We watched the documentary on TV and then our parents bought and listened to the boxed set and thus it crept into our lives without effort on our part.

First of all, just being available on iTunes requires a lot more motivation from this "new generation" than 'meh, nothing else is on.' Plus, that motivation has to be specific: you are paying money to listen to the Beatles and that is it. It's not like you might blunder into it because you like acrobatics or, fine, playing with tiny fake plastic guitars.

Second, if the Anthology hadn't happened, we would have picked up on the music during the same period in our lives when we picked up on Led Zeppelin or James Brown or the Who or Jimi Hendrix or Bob Dylan or etc etc etc. I think it's a phase most kids go through, and the Beatles are pretty much unavoidable in that context.

You guys are all so cute.

Someone who spent way too much time at the "living and dying by music that lots of people care about" front lines to psh-psh this particular development

BadUncle (#153)

So? Pavement or Pumpkins?

BadUncle (#153)

Please. Shatner's cover of "Lucy in the Sky" is both the alpha and omega of the ouroboros emerging and ending the logarithmic spiral that is the phenomenology of pop music. If you will.

Leon (#6,596)

Shhh don't tell anyone but I heard a rumor someone may have a few USB keys of all the Beatles reissues in mp3 if you really needed them. ITS NOT ME I SWEAR. But let me know if you're the kind of person who'd be interested. Not cuz I'm going to do it or anything, just because, ya know – if you want mono and stereo of the same thing, you're my kind of person.

beatbeatbeat (#3,187)

I think it's kinda sad that all the fuss, hoopla, and hype will always be so loud and so obnoxious that it drowns out a bunch of music that is ACTUALLY WORTH all the fuss, hoopla, and hype. It's not uncool to listen.
(I don't really give a shit about itunes though – it's not like it was hard to track this music down before).

But what music do you think is "ACTUALLY WORTH all the fuss, hoopla, and hype"? Because I can bet you that a lot of it is being fussed / hoopla'd / hyped as we speak, and its makers are very likely paying someone to ensure that is the case.

beatbeatbeat (#3,187)

Oh, I was only referring to the Beatles…I know what you mean though. Maybe putting the word "hype" in there muddled my point – I wasn't talking about today's InternetHypeDeathMachine, I was referring more to the BoomerCultureIndustrialComplex that deifies the Beatles (and by extension themselves) to the point that for probably everybody else (but especially people around my age, with boomer-age parents) it's easy to think "I never have to hear that again" because you think you've heard it all your whole life, except you've never actually listened.

All I was saying is that I really like the Beatles! (but I didn't always!)

Leon (#6,596)

The only reason the Beatles aren't #1 all the time on my last.fm is that I feel embarassed about it, as if it were too obvious or makes me a throwback. But I was raised by Frampton-loving parents, not Beatles folks…and I discovered them on my own young, but jesus. So good. I could just write a post a day explaining why every Beatles song is so fucking good. Tumblr time.

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