The Beatles catalog to be available for download ‘soon’

EMI plans to make classic songs from The Beatles available online for the first time.

“EMI, which has made a fortune from the Beatles since the band burst onto the music scene with Love Me Do in 1962, is coy about the details. But the music group has dropped the first hint that the catalogue of songs will be made available on the internet,” The Sunday Times reports.

“David Munns, head of EMI’s North American division, told a web-industry conference in San Francisco that the Beatles’ music would be available for download ‘soon.’ Munns declined to be more specific on timing. Fellow EMI officials refused to comment further or to provide details of how the music would be available,” The Sunday Times reports.

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MacDailyNews Note: In May 2006, Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, said of The Beatles, “We certainly will do everything we can to get them on iTunes. The Beatles aren’t available in any digital format today but they are going to be one day. We certainly hope that happens on iTunes.”

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  1. Given the flop of all newcomers to the market, its only Apple that can make downloading of Beatles tracks financially attractive. Given the crap Apple has had to suffer from Apple Corps over the last 20+ years, I hope SJ either drives a hard bargin or tells them to get stuffed !!

  2. Just wait for it: $100 million payment by Microsoft for exclusive rights to the Beatles catalog for 6 months. $250 million for a year.

    Zune “join the social” lead commercial featuring “Come Together.”

  3. Gregg T,

    I grew up during the Beatles era. I’ve got 202 Beatles songs on my iPod already; and I haven’t ripped every Beatles CD I own. I don’t know if a reason exists to buy more! I doubt digital is better than CD quality.

  4. Microsoft will continue to “pay off” everyone to try to steal business away from Apple. Microsoft doesnt care if they become the leader in digital music, they just want to hurt/kill apple.

    hence why they are willing to lose money on the Zune itself, and why they are Probably paying off Apple Corps for the Beatles exclusive content.

  5. “Just wait for it: $100 million payment by Microsoft for exclusive rights to the Beatles catalog for 6 months. $250 million for a year.”

    AND $1 from each Zune sold to pay for all the “thieves” that use such devices. CD rippin’ pirates, all.

  6. CDs ARE digital. I think you mean digitally re-mastered. This is a separate issue to downloading vs CD.

    I have new original CDs and new digitally re-mastered CD versions of the same original analog album (Pink Floyd) and the difference is enormous – digitally re-mastered sounds MUCH better.

  7. Saying that the Beatles “suck” is cynical to the point of silliness, but I do think that what’s left of the band missed their window for digital sales by a few years.

    The vast majority of Beatle fans who really want digital copies of their songs surely have them by now. If not, there are a lot easier ways to get them than by accumulating M$ points…

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