Wednesdays headline – Beatles Tunes Go Live in iTunes


The Beatles have come to iTunes.  After a decades long back and forth between Apple (the computer company) and Apple Corps. (The Beatles’ multimedia company), the two appear to have come to an agreement. The music of The Beatles went on sale in the iTunes store Tuesday morning, has confirmed.  The page selling the Fab Four’s tunes went live about 20 minutes before the official announcement at 10 a.m.

Purchasing the entire Beatles back catalogue will cost £125. “We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes,? said Apple CEO   Steve Jobs in a statement. If you are one of the rare people who is both a huge fan of the group, but somehow doesn’t actually own the music, you can buy the entire back-catalog at once for $150. “We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes,” said Sir Paul McCartney. The Beatles have been notable absentees from the digital music revolution, and it was initially thought that a trademark dispute between Apple Inc, the technology company, and Apple Corps, the Beatles’ label, could be to blame, though that legal wrangle was settled in 2007. Each album comes with iTunes LP, which features additional content including lyrics, photos, and album art. The update came in advance of what Apple had promised would be a 10 a.m. “It’s a symbolic milestone.” While the Beatles music has been available for four decades on vinyl, cassette, 8-track and CD, its migration to iTunes makes it more easily available to those who don’t own the songs in those other formats. Even if you don’t want to buy the White Album yet again, you should head over and spend the morning checking out the freebies. Until now, to listen to Beatles songs on iPods, a fan needed to obtain a CD and “rip” a digital version of it or find someone who already has done so. Also available are the two-volume “Past Masters” compilation and the group’s “Red” and “Blue” collections. There are enough videos to keep you distracted from work for a chunk of the day, including TV ads, a documentary of The Beatles first U.S concert at the Washington Coliseum in 1964, and a great highlight reel. Fans can also purchase individual songs and a digital box set featuring live concert film an iTunes exclusive, according to the release.

The length of that deal is unknown. Such a service would allow users to stream content over a network onto various devices, but analysts said Apple still needs to line up agreements with music labels, whom the company has repeatedly clashed with the over the years. That being the case, the past few years had seen rumor after rumor that the Beatles were finally going to arrive on iTunes. “It has been a long and winding road to get here.

“Have you ever downloaded something you were pretty sure you had somewhere else? “I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes,” said Ringo Starr.

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