Apple Corps confirms plans to offer remastered Beatles songs for downloading, ‘no firm date yet’

“Music by the Beatles, notably absent from the digital revolution, will be made available for downloading by fans of the Fab Four. The entire Beatles catalog is being remastered and the recordings will be made available for downloading, according to a witness statement in a London court by Neil Aspinall, managing director of Apple Corps Ltd., the Beatles’ company. The statement, made during a suit by Apple Corps against Apple Computer Inc., was confirmed today by Moira Bellas, a spokeswoman for Apple Corps. ‘There are plans to do it,’ she said of offering Beatles songs for downloading. ‘There’s no firm date yet’ and no deals have yet been signed with downloading services, she said,” Bloomberg reports.

“‘We’re remastering the whole Beatles catalog, just to make it sound brighter and better and getting proper booklets to go with each of the packages,’ Aspinall said in the lawsuit witness statement, according to World Entertainment News Network, and confirmed by Bellas, the Apple Corps spokeswoman. ‘I think it would be wrong to offer downloads of the old masters when I am making new masters,’ Aspinall said. ‘It would be better to wait and try to do them simultaneously so that you then get the publicity of the new masters and the downloading, rather than just doing it ad hoc.’ Apple Corps, which represents the Beatles’ business interests, is owned by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and the estate of George Harrison. Court hearings in Apple Corps’ lawsuit against Apple Computer concluded April 5, with the judge saying he will issue a decision at a later date,” Bloomberg reports.

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  1. Do you people think they REALLY have plans to make this stuff available?

    I think they are just trying to make Apple Corps sound really similar to Apple Computer in that they both offer digital downloading.

  2. A lot of assumption here. Perhaps Apple struck a deal with Apple Corp. to make Beatles songs available on iTMS with Apple taking no money from the sale provided Apple Corp. doesn’t take any further action against them. Any number of possible deals may have been struck.

  3. nobody cares.

    If you like The Beatles you own the CDs. If you own the CDs you can put them in iTunes.

    Why the big fuss? Unless they unveil some great new songs that have been in a vault for decades, why would anyone buy their music?

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