John Lennon’s solo work goes online, Apple iTunes Music Store conspicuously excluded

“The entire solo catalog of the late rock icon John Lennon will be made available for Internet download for the first time in December, his record label has said,” Reuters reports. “The digital release of Lennon’s collection makes him the first former Beatle whose whole body of solo work has been made commercially available on legitimate online music services, EMI Music said.”

Reuters reports, “The Lennon material will be sold by such online music services as Napster, Rhapsody, MSN Music and Yahoo Music Unlimited. One music site conspicuously excluded from the digital release is iTunes due to a trademark dispute between its parent company, Apple Computer Inc, and the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd over competing names of the two entities.”

Reuters reports, “The digital release of Lennon’s songs roughly coincides with two notable red-letter dates — his would-have-been 65th birthday last month and the 25th anniversary of his murder by a deranged fan outside his New York apartment building on December 8, 1980.”

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45 Comments

  1. Actually, I don’t think the dispute is “petty” at all. Their earlier agreement stated that Apple Computer wouldn’t get into the music business. At the time, this wasn’t an issue.

    Now, of course, Apple Computer is totally immersed in the music business. Apple Corps has a right to be pissed with them.

    For all our sakes, however, I hope that they settle this like gentlemen (i.e. Steve Jobs gives Neil Aspinall a sh*tload of money) so we can download Beatles tunes from iTunes.

  2. “You know how to reunite the Beatles?
    Shoot the other two.”

    Unless someone also shhots Yoko so she can break them up again. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Those saying disparaging comments about Yoko …. Well, opinions are like belly buttons … etc..

    Those saying Paul had the most to do with the success of the Fab Four, couldnt have been around back then…

    Truth be told … it was John who actually wrote the lions share of the songs, now attributed to the “Lennon/McCartney” team…
    (Even today, Paul describes The Beatles as … “Johns Band”)

    It was, in fact, John who was the brains of the band..

    It was John who successfully pulled off what was probably the greatest marketing coup (ever)..of that era.. Those who were alive back then know what I mean ..

    Everyone, back then, had their favorites, but to dismiss Johns contribution is to miss the whole point of what the collective group accomplished..

    As far as Apple Corps refusing to sell their library on the ITMS … well, its their loss…

    Besides… who wants to “rent” their music encoded in that WinCrap Media format…anyhoo ?

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