Really bummed that you can't be at Westminster Abbey on April 29 to witness Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot? No worries -- Apple's coming to the rescue. (Obviously. Because what can't we count on Steve Jobs for these days?) Word has it you'll be able to download the royal wedding vows on iTunes, so you can listen to them again and again ... for years to come!
Yup, the couple's entire ceremony, including their "I do"s, will be released digitally through Britain's Decca Records to online retailers like iTunes, royal officials told the press today.
People all over the globe already know that we'll be able to tune in to watch the wedding day unfold on TV (or streaming on our computers), thanks to BBC America. In fact, the wedding is predicted to pull in the biggest audience in TV history -- up to 2.5 billion viewers on April 29! Craaazy!
But TV or no TV, I guess whoever penned the deal with Decca knows some people will want an "audio keepsake," if you will, of the event to play on iPods/iPads/iPhones over and over again for years to come? To listen to in the car, in the shower, while cooking up some royal dinner, while jogging on the treadmill? Hey, why not!
If you're the type who likes to have an actual physical copy of your albums, though, you'll be able to skip the digital version in lieu of a CD, vinyl, or -- get this, and sorry, I can't help but laugh -- audio cassette. Heehehee. (I mean, I know turntables are retro cool, but does anyone have a tape player anymore?) When you get the actual album, it'll come with a booklet containing what sounds like a super-expanded program for the wedding, including the order of service, readings, vows, hymns, and blessings, as well as all the music.
Those who buy the royal wedding "soundtrack" in either format can look forward to what really seems like will be a polished, nicely done package, which will include performances by The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Chapel Royal Choir, The London Chamber Orchestra, and The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
Credit for pulling it all together will go to Grammy-nominated producer Anna Barry, who stated:
The wedding means so much to millions of people all over the world. We have to capture every note and every nuance perfectly and have the recording ready within minutes of the end of the ceremony.
Must be an honor, as well as an exciting challenge all at once for her. And it is really cool that the ready-to-download version of the album will be available with such quick turnaround, so that Wills & Kate-aphiles won't have to wait more than a few HOURS to point and click their way to royal wedding bliss.
Although I initially couldn't help but wonder if this is a really truly necessary addition to anyone's iTunes collection, maybe I judged too quickly. After all, it will be kind of like owning a piece of audible history -- that's pretty amazing if you think about it! (Especially because this is the first time the wedding soundtrack is being offered digitally to the public.) Also, it sure seems to make more sense than some other royal wedding souvenirs, like, say ... this Royal Wedding Teddy.
Would you download the Royal Wedding soundtrack on iTunes?
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