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Apple's Fifth Avenue store has an AirPods-related treat for music fans

AirPods 2 Wired Case
AirPods 2 Wired Case (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple's Fifth Avenue store reopened recently.
  • The store has a wall with AirPods arranged to represent musical notes.
  • The notes form music from the "Here's to the Crazy Ones" ads.

Apple refurbished its Fifth Avenue store recently and as part of the new setup people have been noticing something interesting. Apple Stores already stand out for so many reasons, but this one now has a wall full of AirPods arranged to create musical notes.

That would be pretty cool in itself. The AirPods are perfectly suited to playing the role of a note, but there's more to it than that as one Twitter user pointed out.

The music is from the "Here's to the crazy ones" ad campaign that Apple ran back in the late 1990s. It was an iconic campaign that recaptured the imagination at a time when Apple wasn't the success story it is today. Steve Jobs had just returned, and the rest as they say, is history.

Unfortunately the original ads have been pulled from YouTube, but Cult Of Mac was able to find this one.

Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to fall into an Apple ad-shaped rabbit hole on YouTube.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

  • Too bad modern Apple seems to have lost the "Think Different" ideology. I had an app on my 7+ that Apple deemed "inappropriate for adults to make their own choice to download" so when I did the iCloud restore from my iPhone 7 backup to my 11, it didn't transfer because the app isn't in the store anymore. Let alone setting another browser as my default, or paying for something with my AppleCard outside of an iOS device.
  • If it was a paid app, you should check your purchased list, sometimes you can still download a purchased app even if it's removed from the store. I'm pretty sure Apple will allow setting default apps at some point, it's needed for the iPad Pro so it should come soon as such should come to the iPhone as well, and given you can already hide Apple's apps, it's only a matter of time really. It sucks that the Apple Card can't be used on Android devices, although it's still early days (not even outside the US yet) so potentially they could make an Android app in the future.