We watched the two-and-a-half hour tribute to the Beatles on CBS last night on the 50th anniversary of their first live performance in America which took place on the Ed Sullivan TV show in 1964. There was no nostalgia involved for us as we're no child of the '60s and lord knows no fan of popular music but over the years did become an admirer of some of the music of the Beatles; ergo, our reason for watching last night. And we found watching the tribute to be a most satisfying experience even though the show's playlist was missing many of our favorite titles as almost all the bands and individuals who performed the Beatles songs in their own arrangements made some very fine music indeed and the response of the huge studio audience, both during and after each song and which audience included none other than the two remaining Beatles (Paul and Ringo) who also performed a number of Beatles songs, severally and together, at the end of the show, was truly heartwarming and a pleasure to witness. It then struck us we had not so much as a single Beatles song in our library and that in order to download MP3s of our favorites recorded by the Beatles themselves we'd have to buy them and, to our dismay, would have to buy them through iTunes even though we'd long ago sworn to never again install a piece of Apple software on our Windows machine. Well, there was nothing for it and so we downloaded and installed the iTunes software, opened an account on iTunes, and then searched a complete list of Beatles songs to see just how many songs would be involved and were shocked to discover our favorites numbered no less than 21(!). We suppose that makes us a sort of crypto-Beatles-fan of many years standing but let's just keep that juicy bit between ourselves, if you'll be so good. After all, we have a reputation to maintain.