“John Lennon once suggested the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. But the Beatles have proven no match for Apple Computer Inc.,” Grant Robertson reports for The Globe and Mail. “The California firm, maker of the hugely popular iPod digital music players, won the right yesterday to keep its name on several music-related products, including its iTunes website, despite a trademark lawsuit from the Beatles’ record label.”
“Thirty years after it was founded, Apple has evolved into a music-industry powerhouse that is making some of the industry’s biggest names uncomfortable with its rise to fame. The emergence of the iPod has fuelled more than $1-billion worth of sales of downloadable songs from the iTunes music store, which is the most-used downloading service in the world.That dominance has given Apple significant leverage, allowing the company to dictate to the music industry the price of albums and how they are sold. ‘It’s a major force. The way you get a hit record these days is through iTunes,’ said Andrew Lippman, a researcher at the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which studies the impact of technology on communications,” Robertson reports.
“Apple Corps plans to appeal the ruling, but it’s not clear whether the two sides will be able to patch up their relationship enough to see the Beatles catalogue placed on iTunes. The band’s songs — including Hard Day’s Night and Let it Be — are the most notable exceptions to Apple Computer’s list of musical hits,” Robertson reports. “In a statement issued by Apple Computer yesterday, Mr. Jobs said the company was ‘glad to put this disagreement behind us.’ He then suggested the two sides could work together on bringing Apple Corps songs to Apple Computer’s site. ‘We’ve always loved the Beatles, and hopefully we can now work together to get them on the iTunes music store,’ Mr. Jobs said.”
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