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The Beatles [USB] Limited Edition, Box set

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The exquisitely crafted, apple-shaped USB drive is loaded with the critically acclaimed re-mastered audio for The Beatles' 14 stereo titles, as well as all of the re-mastered CDs visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes. A specially designed Flash interface has been installed, and the 16MB USB's audio and visual contents will be provided in FLAC 44.1 Khz 24 bit and MP3 320 Kbps formats, fully compatible with PC and Mac.


Black lift-top box (3.59"Wx3.59"Dx2.87"H)

Green Aluminum Apple (50mm wide x 48.5mm high)

Product specs:

16GB USB stick housed in a green aluminum apple

Contains full contents of The Beatles' stereo box set

*Please Please Me

*With The Beatles

*Hard Day's Night

*Beatles For Sale


*Rubber Soul


*Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

*Magical Mystery Tour

*The Beatles (White Album)

*Yellow Submarine

*Let It Be

*Abbey Road

*Past Masters I & II

*All stereo songs in FLAC (44.1khz) and in DRM-free MP3 (320kpbs) with a one-click 'Export To Media Player' function

*13 mini-documentaries in MPEG4 video format

*Custom-designed FLASH player menu system with full booklet artwork, album cover wallpapers and photo gallery

Product Details

  • USB Memory Stick (December 8, 2009)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Original Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B002VH7P4O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By John Maltby on July 11, 2010
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OK, I'm an audiophile. If I am going to listen to music on a quality system, then I expect to hear quality sound. I am also retired, so I am a first time Beatles fan. So how wonderful it was for Love to be released on DVD-Audio in 24bit/96kHz high-resolution. And when the Beatles remasters were released on CDs, I thought I could sit them out - surely a high-resolution audio release would follow in the near future. But no, I couldn't sit them out, sucker that I am - one look at the packaging of the CD box sets and I was sold - I had to have both the mono and stereo releases. And they are so nice. Being a little older than 21, I have the original 1987 limited release CD box sets of all but three of the Beatles albums (of course, I have the other original CD releases, just not in a boxed set).

And do the new CDs sound better than the originals? Oh yes they do - a smoother sound, no clipping, the bass stands out more. Yes, I was chuffed with these new releases!

And then, by pure chance, I discover that there is (another) limited edition version of the stereo albums - 44.1kHz 24-bit FLAC release on a USB stick (along with some MP3s - ugh!). Only 30,000 world-wide, I'm told. Bloody Hell - can I still get one? A quick check with Amazon tells me yes. Quick, quick order it. Got it! Phew!

Will I regret this, I wonder? The MP3s are DRM free - but what about the FLACs? And is the improvement in quality over the CDs worth another few hundred dollars - after all, it's only 44.1kHz, not 192kHz, or even 96kHz, OR EVEN 48kHz! Nervous wait for transport of USB apple from US to Australia. Is it worth it?

It finally arrives. I unpack it, and the first thing I find is the metal apple's stalk is broken off (a common complaint, I have since read).
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111 of 127 people found the following review helpful By J. Sullivan VINE VOICE on December 12, 2009
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This really is the ultimate "The Beatles" collector's item. The photos hardly do this item justice. I was expecting a lightweight, hollow aluminum apple, and that's hardly the case. You could hurt someone with this thing. It's solid and heavy. The USB is magnetically "tugged" gently into its housing. The box is absolutely beautiful. It's a treasure!

It's tempting while admiring the object to keep handling it, just don't drop it! The stem is sturdy enough - it really "makes" the apple, too - but letting this thing drop to roll around is perilous at best.

You can browse album artwork and photos while listening to the tracks on the built-in player. The interface is very clean, straightforward and true to the original works.

The sound quality is absolutely phenomenal! The subtle, ticklish guitar at the beginning of "Honey Pie" is new to my ears. The vocals are truly remarkable throughout the "albums," every word comes through with perfect clarity.

The 24-bit FLACs are far above and beyond anything I've ever heard from any of the previous Beatles' releases. The MP3s sound remarkable, too. Note that burning MP3s from the 16-bit CDs will result in compressed 16-bit material. The most sonically astonishing MP3s can only be found on The Beatles Stereo USB - these files are compressed from the source material.

The quality of the audio and of the physical product is incredible. I highly recommend acquiring The Beatles Stereo USB while you still can. There is absolutely nothing I regret about my purchase of this product.
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190 of 224 people found the following review helpful By William R. Weiss on December 10, 2009
Format: USB Memory Stick
I bought one of these Beatles USB Apples today and all I can say is OMG!

I've been buying LP records since 1966, then audiophile half-speed master pressings in the late 70's/early 80's, (and every other type of audiophile vinyl) and then CDs in the early/mid 80's. I've always been on a quest for "the perfect version" (sound quality wise) of whatever I was into at the time. I know that vinyl LPs are having a bit of a renaissance at the monent, and nobody loved records more than I, but let's face it...unless you have major bucks to sink into a super high-end system, they don't sound all that great with a cheap phono cartridge on a (GASP!) belt-drive USB turntable. And even if you buy a gazillion dollar cartridge, and a multi-gazillion dollar phono pre-amp, you're still going to hear only half of the channel separation (or less) than you get from a CD. (Take THAT, vinyl heads!) Throw in all the surface noise, the pops, clicks and ticks, worn out grooves, and you're right back in 1968, listening to the "White" album or "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd" on a GE Wildcat Stereo in your bedroom.

All analog curmudgeons and their dinosaur opinions aside, (non-compressed) digital audio saved us from (adding any more) tape hiss or surface noise. Even vinyl fanboys have to admit that. I was one and I did. (I do miss the 12" x 12" artwork though!) I waited since 1987 for the Beatles CDs to be done right. Sure, "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles" were recorded, meant, and intended to be heard in mono (by George Martin, anyway).
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Cold Apple + Stem Broke
ya, my stem fell off too !!!
Dec 10, 2009 by J. Pendris |  See all 27 posts
How do you import the FLAC files into itunes?
I used dbpoweramp to convert the Flac files to Apple lossless files and the file properties show that is still 24 bit & iTunes shows the same 24 bit spec too.
Jan 28, 2011 by DGS |  See all 3 posts
What is this?
The 16GB USB's audio contents will be provided in FLAC 44.1 Khz 24 bit and MP3 320 Kbps formats, fully compatible with PC and Mac.

It, also, has all of the artwork and, I think, may have the booklets from the stereo box.

It is basically the stereo box in USB form.
Nov 4, 2009 by Dlokazip |  See all 65 posts
FLAC is just a particular compression method, but it is lossless compression. If your computer has line out, then you can still realize the benefits depending on the quality of your computer's audio components. There are dedicated high quality music servers, like Olive, that are sure to output a... Read More
Dec 14, 2009 by Phredd |  See all 40 posts
sold out...ever coming back???
not necessarily. Amazon got more, that doesn't mean that they produced more. As it stands now, the 30,000 limit is correct. Unless they announce that they made more. But they haven't.
Dec 8, 2009 by Mark Twain |  See all 99 posts
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