The Beatles to share the love with Apple’s iTunes Store on Valentine’s Day?

“Compelling evidence has surfaced that 1 Infinite Loop and Abbey Road are almost ready to bury the hatchet, as both Apple firms drop hints that they may at last bring the legendary music catalogue of The Beatles to iTunes,” Aidan Malley reports for AppleInsider.

Malley reports, “Potentially ending decades of pent-up animosity, Apple Inc. and record label Apple Corps may be on the verge of announcing a crucial deal that would give the Cupertino-based iPod maker the first shot at online distribution of Beatles songs, according to discoveries made by Electronista.

“Citing a source speaking with Beatles news outlet Abbey Road Best, the technology news website claims that the once bitter opponents have mended fences and are preparing an exclusive campaign that would further cement iTunes’ position at the apex of the online music industry,” Malley reports.

Malley reports, “Under the terms of the purported deal, Apple Corps would make at least some of the British rock group’s music collection available through iTunes on Valentine’s Day, providing a convenient means of promoting the band’s recent Cirque du Soleil project, Love. The deal would not only grant Apple Inc. one of the most coveted distribution agreements in modern music history, but would also afford the company a valuable weapon against its challengers, according to the report.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bev M.” for the heads up.]

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56 Comments

  1. Mac n’ cheese — Indeed, I was expecting Steve to announce they were adding the Beatles to iTunes after that keynote. It really looked like they were setting that expectation intentionally.

  2. Mac n’Cheese: everyone in my entourage noticed that. Heck, we were actually also expecting – as duper above – the announcement that “you can have those beautiful album arts from Beatles NOW”.

    Indeed, those hints were quite too explicit: we asked exactly who is this Rita in Apple Corps that must have been instrumental and helpful to iron out all the kinks and heal old wounds between the two Apples.

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