Apple Corps (that’s the other Apple) and EMI Music announced Wednesday an upcoming release of the entire Beatles’ catalog digitally, in 320 Kbps MP3 and 24-bit FLAC formats. The tracks won’t be available in iTunes, or any other online store in fact (at least not legally).
You can only snag them if you buy one of 30,000 limited edition apple-shaped USB sticks. It’s the same remastered Beatles tracks that were released on CD back in September, but the new USB stick offers these, uh, exciting features:
1. You only get the stereo option, not the original mono versions
2. You get to pay $280, while the The Beatles Stereo Box Set costs just $180.
Of course, the apple-shaped USB stick has numerous advantages over the CD set, like being apple-shaped, for example. Just as the box set did, the stick will include 14 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicas of the original album art, rare photos, and expanded liner notes.
The stick, scheduled for release on December 8th in North America, is available for pre-order at The Beatles’ official Website.