NYC Apple Store Beatles billboards

NYC Apple Store iTunes Beatles billboards

The Apple iTunes Beatles billboards are a poor implementation of a bad concept — or more likely lack of concept. The extremely high resolution gargantuan images up in the sky seem intended to prove Charles Manson’s belief that the Beatles were the angels of the Apocalypse.

A much better and more interesting plan would have been to use highly-pixelated contemporary newspaper photos or album covers. Grainy pictures from early ’60s TV also would work. The AARP crowd (who saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, bought the 45 vinyl records, went to the Shea Stadium concert, etc.) would immediately relate to these images. Plus, those over 50 might not now be in the habit of listening to MP3s and are unlikely already to have a hard drive full of peer-to-peer download Beatles songs. Properly reintroducing the Beatles would be opening the virtual doors of the iTunes store for the original Beatles fan demographic.

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A close-up of the iTunes Beatles billboards installed at the NYC Apple Store

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Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa. Email at

3 thoughts on “NYC Apple Store Beatles billboards”

  1. Every morning for the past three weeks I’ve been driving past the huge Beatles/Apple billboard on the connector section of 101 in San Francisco, thinking to myself, “Gee, doesn’t that look GREAT? Isn’t that just the coolest photograph, the coolest billboard ever?” I’m gonna think that tomorrow morning too.

  2. I want to add one thought to my earlier note. The plain fact is, the Beatles don’t need any fancy-schmancy marketing gizmos or concepts or over-thinking. A simple photo of the four of them says, in the most eloquent way possible, “great music is here; come and get it.” Thank God this fact is recognized by Apple Corps. and Apple Inc.

    1. The fact is that frivolous people want frivolous things.

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      “When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want.”

      Steve Jobs
      The Wired Interview

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