Report: No exclusive Beatles deal for Apple’s iTunes Store

“The Beatles songs — all of them — will be offered for downloading soon. That’s what Neil Aspinall, the head of Apple Corps Ltd. and the man who’s protected the Beatles legacy for the last 40 years — told me over the weekend,” Roger Friedman reports for Fox News.

Friedman reports, “‘All 13 core albums, the ones originally released on CD in 1987, have been remastered,’ Aspinall told me. ‘At some point they will all be released, probably at the same time.'”

“Now that Aspinall has ‘won’ his longstanding lawsuit with Apple Inc. (formerly Apple Computer), he says downloaded Beatle songs will be coming to us soon,” Friedman reports.

“If you missed it, Apple Corps. sued Apple Computer in 2002 over trademark violations after signing a 1991 agreement — and Steve Jobs paying the Beatles about $43 million,” Friedman reports. “Jobs et al won, but the case went to appeal. Before the appeals court could make a ruling, a settlement was reached.”

Friedman reports, “The Beatles, sources say (and not Aspinall, whom I didn’t even discuss this with), may have won royalties on Apple iTunes/iPod hardware as part of the settlement. The settlement didn’t address downloading. But now Aspinall says that when the Beatles songs do get put on the Internet officially, ‘it will be on all the services, not just one.’ So all the Beatles songs will be found on iTunes, Rhapsody, etc.”

Full article here.

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

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  1. Boy, I can’t wait. Since the ONLY way to get music on my computer and iPod is through the iTunes Store I don’t have any Beatles music on them yet.

    Oh wait. I do. How did that happen?

    Why is this such a big deal people?

  2. i don’t know how it works for y’all, but i got nearly every beatles album from my public library and ripped ’em to AAC@192. i’m not really much of a beatles fan, but have an interest in the historic value of the recordings, so i’m not bothered by reduced quality (which is still better than that of the iTMS purchased files). no need to wait now.

  3. I was a huge Beatles fan, but this endless legal battle to suck everything they can out of Apple when there is no harm or intent for harm being done at all… just makes me sick of the Beatles. I’m turned off. I don’t want to hear about them anymore. Beatles = Yuck.

    Today on Fresh Air they were interviewing the Smithereens (a second rate rock band if there ever was one) which have done a cover album of the Beatles and it sounded so stale, so old, so boring. Their voices were so dull and lifeless and stilted compared to the real Beatles which were raw, vital, real and humourous by comparison.

    These Smithereen Beatle wannabes copied every detail of the original Beatles recordings. Man, what happened to creativity? Sheesh. It was the worst.

    It’s time we all moved on from the Beatles. We’ve loved and worshipped them enough, now we’re done. Let It Be!

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