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Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Beatles, Close to iTunes

After The Beatles agreed to let Harmonix make a special edition of their video game, “Rock Band”, which featured the band’s music exclusively, it was anticipated that the band’s remaining members would finally agree to allow Apple to distribute their music through iTunes, their online music store.

It seems that Paul McCartney was interested in a collaboration, and has been negotiating with Apple, according to a statement he gave to BBC. Moreover, it appears that Apple and The Beatles’ company, Apple Corps Ltd, have settled their trademark dispute last year, clearing the way for possible discussions regarding the induction of The Beatles’ albums in iTunes.

McCartney has expressed his enthusiasm on the subject, yet he stated that there are still some “sticking points” that have to be resolved between Apple and Apple Corps Ltd before you will be able to buy The Beatles’ songs off iTunes. Apparently, the collaboration is currently stalled, yet McCartney hopes the issues will be resolved so that their music will soon be available on iTunes. McCartney went as far as saying that he really hopes “it will happen because I think it should.” McCartney also explained that their distributor, EMI, with whom they have worked with since the 1960s, want The Beatles to give them something they are still not prepared to give.

Fans are enticed, especially since EMI released the solo catalogues of the four artists, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison, on to iTunes just last year. Hopes were raised when the British media announced that the music is very close to being released digitally, and especially when even Steve Jobs, the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple, said he “loves The Beatles.”


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