What you need to know
- Someone at Apple is making edits to ZZ Top articles on Wikipedia.
- The individual removed the band as 'Southern Rock' on their Best of ZZ Top article.
- They also edited the articles for all of the band's studio albums.
Someone at Apple is so confident that ZZ Top isn't 'Southern Rock' that they changed the band's genre on Wikipedia.
Spotted by valleyedits on Twitter, which describes itself as an account that tracks "anonymous Wikipedia edits from Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, and Wikimedia Foundation IP addresses," it appears that someone from Apple made an anonymous edit to the Best of ZZ Top article.
The Best of ZZ Top Wikipedia article edited anonymously from Apple https://t.co/bwNfB5UiS0The Best of ZZ Top Wikipedia article edited anonymously from Apple https://t.co/bwNfB5UiS0— valleyedits (@valleyedits) February 24, 2021February 24, 2021
If you look at the history of changes made to the article, you can see an edit made on February 23 that removes 'Southern Rock' from the list of genres that ZZ Top transcends. Whoever made the edit apparently still believes that the band does fall into the boogie rock, hard rock, blues rock, and Texas blues genres.
Looking at the contributions of the that reveals that they have made multiple changes to ZZ Top articles across Wikipedia, including changes to all of the articles that cover the band's studio records.
Looking up the IP address on the Whois Gateway website revealed that the person who made these changes was from Apple in Cupertino.
It's currently unclear why the changes were made, and if this was something being done formally by Apple or by an employee that just happens to be incredibly passionate about the genre that ZZ Top is included in. Whatever the case, it's amusing to see such a subtle yet odd change made from within Apple itself.
If you've found yourself humming some ZZ Top while reading this, feel free to give 'em all your lovin' on Apple Music (opens in new tab).
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
ZZ Top is absolutely not southern rock. They're a Texas Shuffle/Boogie band, and quite unique at that.
Well, that’s la strange....
All Southern Rock is definitely rooted heavily in blues. But Blues Rock in the south is called Southern Rock. For someone at Apple to change it was simply ridiculous. I think they just hate southerners.
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