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McCartney says EMI holding up Beatles on iTunes

updated 08:15 pm EDT, Mon May 17, 2010

Problems blamed on "people in the middle"

Former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney claims that the record company EMI is the only force still resisting the push to put Beatles music on iTunes. In a BBC interview, McCartney suggests that he still wants to see the tracks distributed through Apple's media portal.

"To tell you the truth I don't actually understand how it's got so crazy," he said. "I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it's going to happen."

McCartney did not elaborate on the precise nature of the "business hassles" created by the middlemen at EMI. "There have been all sorts of reasons why they don't want to do it."

Various rumors previously suggested the catalog should have been added some time ago, although the project has yet to materialize. The entire Beatles LP collection was finally released on a limited-edition USB stick before the holidays in 2009, potentially indicating the record label is warming to alternative forms of digital distribution.

EMI played down McCartney's comments, claiming that discussions are ongoing. "We would love to see The Beatles' music available for sale digitally." The label has not provided any solid details regarding a time-frame for iTunes availability.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    they should have put the collection up on itunes so all the rockband players would have found the songs ready to download they just got hooked on, but no.

  1. Feynman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    By the time

    The Beatles are on iTunes, everyone and their dog will have every Beatles song, or will have what songs they want. This is getting lame. Unless there are some serious LP extras when and if these do come out, I have a feeling they will have very poor sales.

  1. YangZone

    Joined: Dec 1969


    poor service from the majors, as usual...

    a pity they have to drag their heels... though 'am quite happy with my bought-and-paid-for psycho-acoustically downloaded Beatles collection... ; ) Hey, I'll always use the most legitimate download pay-service available - usually iTunes... but, one way or another, I WILL have my downloads.

  1. vintagegeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Beatles on iTunes - Yea, Yea, Yea

    Yea, Yea, Yea.....heard it all before. Unless they're going to have something never before published this ship has sailed. CM

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: By the time

    What? By that argument, all those who would want the songs would already have them, and would have had them 10 years ago. As would anyone wanting albums from most any classic artist.

  1. apostle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why not offer the songs from The Beatles website?

    Internet (music) download sites like iTunes or Amazon are online merchants selling a product for profit. I get the impression, or am lead to believe by the "online media", that The Beatles must sell their catalog online if their work is to survive. This notion to me seems like nonsense.

    "The Beatles" have always been about "the music". I recall an interview with George Harrison where he disdained the thought of a Beatles song being used '"to sell brassieres"'.

    I understand the business of marketing. But I believe The Beatles music would survive even if every music distributor on the planet ceased to make Beatles music available. The Beatles, like The Rolling Stones, The Who et al, no longer need anyone else to survive. Their music, their work, is strong enough to stand on its own.

    Which is why I don't understand why The Beatles and other such bands don't dictate the terms.


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