The Beatles USB
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USB Memory Stick, Limited Edition, Box set, December 8, 2009
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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)
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
*Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
*Magical Mystery Tour
*The Beatles (White Album)
*Let It Be
*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
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I have only had the USB for a couple of days and I cannot stop listening to it. That being said here are some steps you might want to follow.
1. Load the entire folder structure from the USB on to your hard drive maintaining the original folder order.
2. Because I use iTunes to manage my library, I had to convert the Flac files to Apple lossless. Depending on your system set-up that might not be necessary.
3. I used dbpoweramp, a great program for Windows (Mac users check out MAX file converter). Dbpoweramp does batch file conversions. I did one album at a time. To do the conversion I created a separate folder and added sub-folders with all of the album titles and put the Apple lossless versions there. The original Flac file is not affected when you create the Apple version.
4. After doing all of that in about one hour, I backed up everything I completed to a back-up hard drive that connects via USB.
5. Then I put the little Beatles USB back in the Apple it came in, placed all original documentation in the box and put it away. I do not plan to use it again unless I have a catastrophic computer failure.
1. It is very convenient to use.
2. The sound is absolutely the best we have (so far). It is full, warm with excellent midrange and extremely deep bass. The treble is not overly bright or brash. It is a very smooth sound.
3. Instruments and vocal harmonies are much more defined. There are guitar licks, bass melodies, various drum hits and voices in the harmonies that I have never heard.
4. Do not buy this unless you have a playback system where the audio quality of a 24-bit file can be realized and your computer can connect to your processor digitally. That is unless you are buying for collection purposes or shear simplicity of not having to deal with shiny discs.
5. I can confirm what another reviewer said that Rubber Soul did not convert with the Meta data in iTunes (go figure).
I waited to purchase and researched for a long time due to a number of potential pitfalls that might have been encountered. I avoided all of the pitfalls and I am very pleased. I am even happier because several days after I bought it, the price increased dramatically (good luck I guess).
In the Amazon blog, there were many discussions about computers not being able to transmit the 24-bit file to the computer due to sound card issues (I do not believe I have that problem). I will check into that because my blu-ray player has a USB input and I am going to connect my back-up hard drive to it and see if there is an improvement in sound quality. The blu-ray is connected to my processor via HDMI. I will submit a follow-up with the results. Buy the little apple while it is still available.
PS: Follow-up on the blu-ray playback is delayed due to the Sony BDP-570 being only capable of playing lossy audio files.