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Report: Beatles on iTunes in '08

updated 07:15 pm EDT, Fri June 1, 2007

Beatles, iTunes in '08

The Beatles music catalog may be coming to iTunes and other online music services in early 2008 according to Olivia Harrison, the widow of late guitarist/singer/songwriter George Harrison. Despite the landmark settlement of a trademark dispute that dates back to Apple Inc. (then Apple Computer Inc.'s) inception, Harrison told Reuters "We just have a few things to work out elsewhere" before the music will be available for digital download and purchase.

One factor holding back the release is a complete re-mastering of all Beatles CDs. Harrison added "I think we're a little bit behind. We (the band's members and widows) all agree. It's been done. It's just trying to now get it out there."

Meanwhile, as reported last month, band member Paul McCartney says that a deal allowing the Beatles catalog to make the digital move was "virtually settled," while refraining from providing a specific time-frame.

Interestingly enough, the Beatles' songs will be distributed through EMI when they do go online, meaning they will theoretically be available as "iTunes Plus," DRM-free tracks.

by MacNN Staff





  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what a story

    who cares. good god. there is so much more dynamic music out there and yeah they're legends and changed the music world and all, but c*** 2008? is there a store i can sleep outside of when that happens?

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Have you heard these guys yet? They are AWESOME! Really BOSS! I can tell you, they're going places! They're going to be the biggest group out there for years to come. Its good to see they're coming to iTunes, just in time for them to cross the pond and take over America as well.

  1. iPhony

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what a story?

    zl9600, when you say "more dynamic", do you mean louder and softer? if so, you're probably right, there's lots more louder and softer music out there... But if you really mean there's so much "better" music out there now, then you need to do a little more listening.

  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969



    it's subjective.

    but i think any critic worth his/her salt would tell you that it doesn't begin and end with the beatles. that ship has long since sailed.

    i have an itunes library of over 9500 tracks from every genre and nearly every generation of music. including some beatles.

    i've just expanded and found much, much more. for me, much better than the beatles. but that's the beauty of art. totally subjective. you go back to your beatles box now.

  1. schillid

    Joined: Dec 1969



    [url=][u]BEATLES + ITUNES : Two Apples[/u][/url]


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