Amazing Beatles Box Set is a USB
Beatles USB is a Complete Beatles Box Set - and More
I was looking through Amazon's Beatles offerings recently and came across something that I can't believe I didn't know about before. There is a pretty apple-shaped USB device available that contains the entire Beatles stereo box set along with a lot more. You don't have to download a bunch of stuff only to lose it when your computer crashes. You don't have to go out and buy individual MP3s of everything that you like. All you do is plug this sucker in and you're good to go. You can take it to any computer you are using and you have any Beatles song you want right away.
One of the most impressive aspects, however, is that there is a lot more available on the Beatles USB. It also contains quite a few mini-documentaries. There are 13 of them, one about each studio album, something any Beatles fan will find fascinating. You also get a FLASH menu system that makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Also included is a selection of album cover wallpapers and a virtual photo gallery. Beatles fans have been raving about the extras, and about the sound quality of the set.
The Beatles Box Set Vs. the Beatles USB
If you're trying to choose between them, the USB has a lot going for it. The physical box set is quite a bit cheaper, and let's face it- that's important, but the USB is extremely convenient and takes up little space. The box set does come with a CD of the mini-documentaries that are available on the USB, but imagine keeping up with all of those CDs? I do spend a lot more time dealing with CDs than I do with MP3s, and it is a serious pain sometimes.
The physical box set has a whopping 14 CDs and the DVD of short documentaries. The USB is one small aluminum apple. The apple is small, but it's heavy and it comes with a beautiful presentation box. It also comes with virtual items that the physical box set can't, such as the photo gallery and wallpaper set.
For me, both are great. I haven't yet gotten the hang of playing MP3s in the car, so I still use CDs in there. Yes, I know, I should get with it and figure out how to do all of that. But at home or at work, MP3s are a must if you don't want piles of CDs everywhere. Even a noob like me can play them pretty easily on a computer. Personally, I recommend both the physical and virtual Beatles box sets. Why not? The Beatles are worth it.
Do We Really Need More Versions of Beatles Albums?
If you already have a Beatle record or two (yes, I have some vinyl tucked away- don't judge), and you have some tapes around somewhere (ditto) and you have CDs and perhaps some MP3s of Beatles albums and songs, do you really need them presented in yet another way? Um, yes!!
Having Beatles music in every way that is humanly possible is like getting more versions of the Star Wars saga. Do you really need the Blu Ray? Freak yeah, you do. (It's golden, by the way.) When they find a way to create tiny slivers of metal that have full albums on them, rocks that play Beatles hits or scented air that smells exactly like John Lennon and makes you hear Beatles music in your head, I'm getting it. I think it's pretty safe to say that most of us will.