McCartney: Beatles on Apple iTunes Store talks ‘stalled’

“Paul McCartney said Monday negotiations on a long-awaited deal to make the Beatles’ catalog available on the online music service iTunes have stalled,” Meera Selva reports for The Associated Press. “‘The last word I got back was it’s stalled at the whole moment, the whole process,’ the former Beatle said. ‘I really hope it will happen because I think it should.'”

Selva reports, “McCartney, who was speaking at the launch of his new album, Electric Arguments, added: ‘It’s between EMI and the Beatles, I think.'”

“The band’s holding company, Apple Corps Ltd., has so far declined to allow the Fab Four’s music on any Internet music service, including iTunes… Record label EMI, which owns the Beatles recordings but needs Apple Corps’ permission to release the music in new formats, said it was still trying to resolve the matter,” Selva reports.

Full article here.

Mike Collett-White reports for Reuters that a spokeswoman for EMI said, “‘We have been working hard to secure agreement with Apple Corps to make the Beatles’ legendary recording catalog available to fans in digital form,’ said. ‘Unfortunately, the various parties involved have been unable to reach agreement, but we really hope everyone can make progress soon.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Matt R.” and “Mrsteve1” for the heads up.]

Whatever. This is plainly a neverending story and it’s years beyond joke stage. At this point, whatever Beatles tracks that most people want have long been digitized and are already on their iPods. The only ones missing out are new fans who don’t know what BitTorrent is – in other words, not a huge audience.

Chalk it all up to yet another opportunity blown long ago by Apple Corps’ ridiculous viscosity.

By the way, “Paul McCartney yesterday said that he ‘doesn’t mind’ illegal downloading, though he does have some problems understanding the concept,” as Jonny Evans reports for Distorted-Loop here.


  1. Wings2Sky,

    you’re rather naive.

    You could quote conflicting statements from Shakespeare’s characters and then claim that Shakespeare was hypocritical.

    The Beatles, like other musicians, sang songs which expressed ideas, feelings, moods and states of mind.

    All these things constantly change.

  2. Ironically, the hold-up is between two sets of business suits. And the remaining Beatles are really not involved in any meaningful way. The hold-up is over how much money will be made by the people in these corporate entities; people which, for the most part, weren’t even born when Beatles retired as a band, and yet are fighting for their personal piece of the Beatles pie.

    It just doesn’t get any sadder than that.

  3. Supposedly, EMI is remastering the entire Beatles catalogue for a new and complete re-issuing. The music wa poorly remastered for the the first round of CD re-issues. I’d guess that the re-re-issues are somehow involved.

    It would be nice to get better re-mastered recordings. I’d still buy the CDs, though.

    You’d think that they’d just get the deal done. They’re probably bickering over DRM vs. non-DRM re-issues.

    They all want to milk the cow one more time, no doubt.

  4. Incidentally, The record mentioned, “Electric Arguments”, is actually released under the moniker “The Fireman” which is an experimental collaboration between Sir Paul and Youth of Killing Joke fame. They have released two other records together over the past ten years.

    The opening tune is a real barn-burner. “Nothing Too Much Just out of Sight” has the rough edge of “Helter-Skelter” and the Delta Blues delivery of Muddy Waters or Howlin’ Wolf. Check it out on YouTube.

    Its about time too, Paul has a lot of work to do to make up for shlock like “Say, Say, Say”. . .

  5. Wade: Michael Jackson owns the publishing rights to half the Beatles music. That has nothing to do with the original Beatles recordings. That is why you here Beatles songs recorded by other artists in commercials now.

  6. Seems McCartney continues to use the same judgment skills that led to his marriage with Heather Mills. I guess years of drug use are finally taking their toll. As John used to say “Paul is a dead man” and so is the Beatles music. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. I was a kid when I got my first Beatles album. I bought as many of the LPs as I could, including all the British versions, and then repeated the effort with CDs. Having a set of remastered British recordings would be worth it for me. Yes, I already have the music on my MBP, my iPhone, my iPod, my iTVs, in the car, etc. My kids, young and old, have grown up with it, and they actually like the Beatles. Is the audience that cares about this small? Maybe. But based on the “news factor” of this story, maybe not.

    Interesting use of the word “viscosity” in the MDN take.

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