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No Beatles on iTunes

Frank Ahrens

So, there are probably plenty of people excited about the joint Apple-EMI announcement in London this morning -- that Apple's iTunes will begin selling songs that are not burdened with digital-rights management (DRM) restrictions.

The DRM-free tracks will cost $1.29. You can still buy EMI tracks with DRM for $.99. EMI says the non-DRM tracks will sound better.

Also, the DRM-free tracks will let consumers play the songs on more devices and copy more freely.

Still, it's not the announcement that many music fans were probably hoping for when word came out of a big London presser between Apple and EMI -- home label of the Beatles.

The Beatles remain probably the biggest, most conspicuous hole in the legitimate online music world.

EMI and Apple said they are working to get the Beatles catalog online, saying, essentially, "We Can Work It Out."

Ouch.

By Frank Ahrens  |  April 2, 2007; 11:35 AM ET  | Category:  Frank Ahrens
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Well, for the money, they should work it out....before those who are most willing to buy will be dead.

Posted by: old one | April 2, 2007 12:56 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if the Beatles' music goes online June 1st (regardless of which outlet they choose), in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's.

Posted by: AlanG | April 2, 2007 1:43 PM

Some of the Beatles catalogue is already available on iTunes and has been for many years. The album THE BEATLES -IN THE BEGINNING can be bought right now! These are the great early Polydor recordings featuring Pete Best on drums. The album features the singles "Ain't She Sweet/Nobody's Child" (#19 July 18, 1964) and "My Bonnie/The Saints" (#26 February 8 1964). The singles were both hits at the height of Beatlemania!

Some of the tracks on the album feature the vocals of Tony Sherdan, but "Ain't She Sweet" has John Lennon on vocals and "Cry For A Shadow" is an instrumental written by George Harrison and John Lennon.

A few of these early tracks were also released on THE BEATLES-ANTHOLGY 1 in 1994 which went straight to number one. Pete Best finally became a millionaire from the album.

So, it is NOT entirely true that The Beatles are not available on iTunes. I don't understand why the media keeps reporting the same false information. A simple search of the iTunes store will show anyone that there are official Beatles recordings for sale. They are historic recordings and part of The Beatles official canon!

Posted by: Bill | April 7, 2007 2:10 AM

Some of the Beatles catalogue is already available on iTunes and has been for many years. The album THE BEATLES -IN THE BEGINNING can be bought right now! These are the great early Polydor recordings featuring Pete Best on drums. The album features the singles "Ain't She Sweet/Nobody's Child" (#19 July 18, 1964) and "My Bonnie/The Saints" (#26 February 8 1964). The singles were both hits at the height of Beatlemania!

Some of the tracks on the album feature the vocals of Tony Sherdan, but "Ain't She Sweet" has John Lennon on vocals and "Cry For A Shadow" is an instrumental written by George Harrison and John Lennon.

A few of these early tracks were also released on THE BEATLES-ANTHOLGY 1 in 1994 which went straight to number one. Pete Best finally became a millionaire from the album.

So, it is NOT entirely true that The Beatles are not available on iTunes. I don't understand why the media keeps reporting the same false information. A simple search of the iTunes store will show anyone that there are official Beatles recordings for sale. They are historic recordings and part of The Beatles official canon!

Posted by: Bill | April 7, 2007 2:11 AM

Just rip a legally owned Beatles CD into iTunes/iPod.

Posted by: Computer User 10 | April 8, 2007 8:12 PM

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