Beatles to iTunes?
There's an intriguing announcement this evening out of EMI, one of the Big Four music companies and, more importantly, home of the Beatles catalog.
At 8 a.m. Monday, EDT, EMI and Apple Inc. topper Steve Jobs will reveal an "exciting digital offering" at EMI's London headquarters.
Could the Beatles finally be coming to iTunes? Beatles fans are no doubt hoping: Let it be.
EMI spokesfolk are being close-mouthed about the announcement, unwilling even to give "guidance," an on-background term for steering reporters one way or the other. This most likely is because Jobs is involved. He loves him some curtain-raising spectacle and it's easier to get leaks out of the White House than Cupertino.
But let's play connect-the-dots: One of the biggest, most conspicuous holes in all online music stores -- not just iTunes -- is the Beatles. No one has been able to get the living Beatles (Sir Paul and Ringo) and the descendants of the dead Beatles (Lennon and Harrison) to agree on a compensation package for digital sale.
Consequently, online music services have been missing arguably the most important rock band ever and one that certainly is still a commercial success. Not to mention a personal fave of Jobs'.
There has been some legal bad blood between Apple and the Beatles, going back even to the 1978 launch of Apple Computers. See, Apple was the name of the Beatles label, and they jealously guard the name. The Beatles's Apple sued Jobs's Apple in 2003 over the launch of iTunes because of the link between Apple and music.
However, the two Apples recently settled their legal disputes, possibly clearing the way for the Beatles to jump to iTunes.
There is one piece of the announcement that raises doubt as to whether it will be about the Beatles: there is promised a "special live performance." Well, that could mean Sir Paul and Ringo. Or Sir Paul and Ringo singing along to a recording of Lennon's voice and Harrison's guitar.
Or it could be a live performance by some other EMI band that Jobs is rolling out on iTunes. In which case, the press corps summoned to EMI HQ in London is likely act like the title of the Beatles hit song: "Hello Goodbye."
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