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Beatles an iTunes exclusive 'into 2011,' landed weeks ago

updated 01:30 pm EST, Tue November 16, 2010

iTunes Beatles deal an exclusive past January

Apple's deal for the Beatles on the iTunes Store is an exclusive "into 2011," EMI representative Dylan Jones said. While Apple hasn't characterized the catalog deal as a matter of sole rights, its deal isn't based on the calendar year and will prevent other stores from getting the catalog until sometime beyond January 1. Jones wouldn't be drawn by AllThingsD into saying when the exclusive would end.

"That's a question, isn't it," he teased.

Electronista has learned in the meantime from sources familiar with the deal that negotiations for the Beatles catalog had wrapped up about one to two months before today. Although Lennon's widow Yoko Ono was the most recent to downplay expectations for a deal, she wasn't the source of the final obstacles to the deal, the people involved said.

The confirmation of a short-term exclusive is a blow to Amazon MP3, which has usually been Apple's next-closest competitor in digital music sales. It likewise hurts 7digital, Zune Marketplace and others that have already frequently been hurt by having a smaller library of titles to choose from. Microsoft may have been hurt in particular as it just launched Windows Phone 7 with an emphasis on access to the Zune Marketplace.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ruel24

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hey Jude?

    Released Feb. 26th, 1970 in the US. It's missing from the list of albums.

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Hey Jude" Album!?!?!?!

    Did you mean "Hey Jude" single released 8.26.68? Tell me more about this album.

  1. adavidw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hey Jude album

    They don't need to sell the Hey Jude album anymore, and never did sell it on CD. It was just a singles and B-sides collection. All of the songs are available on other CDs, mostly on Past Masters.

  1. ruel24

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More on Hey Jude, the album

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