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Yoko: "don't hold your breath" for Beatles on iTunes soon

updated 07:50 am EDT, Fri August 6, 2010

Yoko Ono says Beatles holding out on digital

Yoko Ono late Thursday cooled expectations that the Beatles would reach iTunes, or any digital music store, in the near future. She didn't explain what the holdup might be but implied a sticking point that had Apple Corps at odds with either EMI or Apple Inc. John Lennon's famed widow was quick to call Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs a "brilliant guy" but said there was an unnamed aspect the Beatles' label wasn't "very happy about, as people."

"Don't hold your breath... for anything," Ono said.

Sir Paul McCartney has implied that EMI was the obstacle, but it's unknown what the larger label's terms might be.

She was optimistic that the current Apple Corps label chief, Jeff Jones, was more likely to make progress in moving to digital. Its original head, the late Neil Aspinall, was "elite and closed-off" and thus very cautious about preserving the Beatles' legacy, even if it hurt access to the music in newer formats. Jones both helped oversee much of the remastering of the Beatles catalog and the rights clearance for Beatles: Rock Band. He also helped bring about the first non-disc release in the form of a USB flash drive with the Beatles' whole collection not only in 320Kbps MP3 but in FLAC.

Virtually every other project associated with the Beatles' individual members or their label has found its way online or will soon, including their solo material and Apple Records artists such as Billy Preston. [photo by Marcela Cataldi Cipolla]

by MacNN Staff





  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not to Worry

    This stuff is so 1960.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What a shame.. guess that means more people will just use torrents to grab it.

  1. kvocal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Hey, Yoko don't hold your breath for me to start caring.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Like the others, I agree this is a case of "who cares?" at this point. Anyone who wanted the Beatles on MP3 has already done it. In haggling over pennies, these guys have lost millions...the train has pretty much left the station.


  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yoko, go sit and spin

    If you had problems "as a person" with the iTunes model, then why are your caterwaulings available there.

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And by the time the Beatles actually do make it to iTunes no one will care.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    uh uh

    Pretty funny postings above. When the Beatles music finally gets to iTunes, it will sell millions and millions of tracks. You may not like it, but it will happen.

  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969


    rock band

    once you've sold your soul by "outing" (macnn-ism) a Rock Band game, I don't see how the legacy could be hurt further by selling the songs on iTunes...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Uh.. don't be so sure.

    The people that gave a damn about those old hippies already bought the music multiple times already on 8-Track, LP, Cassette and CD. Young people are not going to remember the Beatles soon because they are not sold on the main music store (iTunes).

    Do you really think that if the Beatles were sold on itunes, somehow the young people would care or remember? There's millions of songs on iTunes, and young people generally don't go searching through back catalogs looking for old timer stuff.

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Put the Beatles tunes...

    .... on iTunes and HUGE money will flow. CDs are soooo last century and most Baby Boomers will go to the iTunes Store before they would bother to figure out how to snag a free copy on-line.

    Baby Boomers are now at, or near, retirement age, have time on their hands, disposable income, and want to tap into their youth. Trust me. I know. I am one.

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