The Beatles finally on the way to Apple’s iTunes Store?

“Today will mark an auspicious day for the music business, and maybe the first big hint that the Beatles may finally be on the way to Apple’s iTunes,” Jim Goldman reports for CNBC.

“That’s a big leap of faith but hear me out: The Beatles’ label Apple Corps will join MTV for a splashy, London-based news announcement to unveil plans to bring the Beatles’ catalogue to the wildly popular Rock Band video game,” Goldman reports. “These two groups have been trying to hammer out details for months, and it appears they’ve finally come together (yes, pun intended.)”

“The reason this is so much bigger than merely MTV scoring the world’s most valuable music catalogue is that it signals a monumental shift by Apple Corps to begin to embrace digital distribution,” Goldman reports. “And that could mean a new opening for more discussions with Apple Inc. and its iTunes music service, since the Beatles are still so conspicuously absent from the world’s most popular music store.”

Goldman reports, “The Beatles going Rock Band shows a new flexibility by Apple Corps to exploit new technology. That has to be good for a potential deal with iTunes as well.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “88mph” for the heads up.]


  1. Seriously I like the Beatles (no where near what I used to) but the older I get the more I see them as they are now: An over hyped band that the aging hippies still cling to. They were great in their time, now, meh.

  2. Love their music, but they are idiots for not being on iTunes already. Either offer it legally or people will just get it from an other source.

    Besides, who hasn’t already ripped their Beatles CDs by now.

    Sorry Charlie, you are too late.

  3. Dude, you didn’t abide.

    On other less important matter at hand: I’m sorry Jobs ever liked The Beatles over The Stones, but at least we are better satisfied with the fruit logo. However, would it be too much to ask that they offered higher fidelity like the CD at least (or even better SACD) than the 128 kbps? I mean, I realise it’s not Apple’s call directly, but please Mr. Jobs, don’t let Paul get too greedy and issue versions after crippling versions on the digital front for years to come. I think at least that can be your call. I think iTunes has done alright without the Beatles so far, and maybe will continue to do so even if Amazon etc. fetch them up and go rub-a-dub-dub.

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