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Apple celebrates 40 years of business with ad-inspired music playlist

Apple continued its 40th anniversary celebration Tuesday with the release of a new Apple Music playlist that collates songs featured in and inspired by the company's colorful advertising history.

The playlist — aptly titled Apple 40 — runs for 2 hours and minutes over its 40 tracks. Nearly every genre is represented, from rock to electronic and soul.

In what is either a stunning coincidence or a well thought out nod to late Apple chief Steve Jobs, the playlist begins with Jobs favorite The Beatles and ends with a single by Beatles co-frontman Paul McCartney.

The latter, McCartney's Dance Tonight, was featured in one of the most famous iPod ads of the portable music player's heyday. The colorful spot features McCartney dancing down an illustrated street in a suit and Chuck Taylors while strumming a mandolin.

Other artists featured include The Rolling Stones, Gorillaz, Blackstreet, Jet, Eminem, Adele, Coldplay, Muse, Cream, and Bob Dylan.

Earlier this year, Apple debuted a 40-second spot celebrating its birthday. The company subsequently celebrated by running up a replica of the original Mac team's pirate flag and then threw a beer bash DJed by Apple Music's Zane Lowe.