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.