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Tuesday, 16 November 2010

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Scoring a musical coup by securing the entire Beatles song catalog, Apple will be releasing individual songs and full album offerings as early as next month, in time for the holiday season. There is a glitch to the functionality when compared to the original vinyl however, it can't be played backwards.

Adding to the mystique on the original mastering of vinyl disks, hidden clues about Paul's supposed death can be picked up when playing the White Album backwards. This can't be duplicated on digital equipment, though several engineers at Apple have apparently tried. All a ruse of course, designed by the Beatles to start a little controversy and generate some publicity in their own day.

Spinning the iPod device counterclockwise does nothing during play, nor does twirling your finger across the touch screen in counter clockwise fashion. Audiophiles are stumped as to how they might experience the hidden nuggets of the Beatles original recordings on any personal digital playback device.

Word has apparently leaked out to the public about the hidden White Album messaging and Apple reports a flood of warranty claims as consumers try a number of unconventional ways to force the reverse play of the music. One repair facility reported receiving an iPod with a hole drilled in the center and scratch marks all over the glass screen. The owner apparently placed his device on a turntable and ran the diamond needle across the screen to hear the message. No word if that owner had actually completed high school.

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