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. Apple Corp (Beatles label) really has no reason to go after Apple Computer because iTunes isn’t a music producer/manufacturer/etc..

    Apple computer is simply a retailer. They aren’t infringing on anything Apple Corp asked them to stay away from because they are no more producing music than Wal-Mart, Target, or even Napster. The agreement was that they couldn’t produce music and distribute it. Suing Apple over iTunes is like suing a store in a town named Apple records. I think it’s just Apple Corp grasping at straws hoping to make money by extortion since they don’t currently produce anything anyone buys other than Beatles and those are in less and less demand.

  2. It’s all a shame…

    The Beatles were all about creativity and innovation, much like Apple computers.

    I’m sure Lennon himself would have wanted to be associated with only the best i.e. iTunes/iPod, and not let legal wrangling put his music under distribution of second rate download services.

    …if only McCartney and Starr could understand

  3. Johnny had the “edge.”

    The entire solo catalog of the late rock icon John Lennon will be made available for Internet download for the first time in December

    They’ve come too late to the party. So late, in fact, that most fans have it already … downloaded from the internet … bootlegs and parodies and the whole shebang. Not legit, of course, but then … what took you so long?

  4. I was around back then. Yoko was (and is) an ugly no talent hog. The way she has milked his legacy and acted like she’s important causes me to raise bile just thinking of it. Her music was some of the worst crapola ever recorded. What a bunch of annoying garbage. Hopefully, Yoko will join John sooner rather than later.

    Hopefully the Beatles will join iTMS sooner rather than later.

    Hopefully the asshole who shot John joins Satan sooner rather than later.

    Hopefully, AAPL goes to $75 sooner rather than later.

  5. Imagine Part 2
    (w apologies to J Lennon)

    Imagine there’s no Lawyers
    It’s easy if you try
    No courts to try us
    All free as the sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today…

    Imagine there’s no Apple Corps
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to sue or file for
    And no torts too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no copyrights
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one

  6. I don’t really understand why Apple Computer had to sign an agreement with Apple Corp in the first place, seeing as they were in completely different industries. There are all kinds of businesses that use the word Apple, did they need permission too? The whole thing is ridiculous.

  7. Like most true Beatles fans, I bought their LP’s. Then I bought all their albums on cassette. Then I bought their music, mostly compilations, on CD’s. There is no way I will be buying 128 kbps digital files from them through iTMS.

    I have ripped their CD’s and filled in any gaps with P2P downloads. I’ve paid two to three times for the right to listen to their music on demand.

    No asshole in an expensive Italian suit spouting the Label’s bullshit is going to convince me otherwise.

  8. drz – McCartney understood well enough to have a recording of his Live 8 version of “Sgt. Pepper’s” (performed with U2) up onto iTMS within hours of its performance.

    So I’m going with the Yoko-bashers on this one.

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