Yoko Ono says The Beatles coming to Apple’s iTunes Store, but EMI says not today

“Yoko Ono, the widow of Beatle John Lennon, told Sky News that the entire Beatles back catalog will be available for sale on iTunes,” Anthony Ha reports for VentureBeat.

MacDailyNews Take: Sheesh. Leave it to Yoko.

Ha continues, “The story has been pulled down, presumably because it was published prematurely, but a site called Pocket-lint spotted the headline. If this is true, it’s thrilling news for Apple, the remaining Beatles, and, oh yeah, the one Beatles fan who hasn’t figured out how to copy their CD collection to their computer,” Ha reports.

Full article here.

However, according to a report published Tuesday by The Financial Times’ Joseph Menn, “[Apple’s] San Francisco event will come the same day as the release of the remastered Beatles catalog, although that material itself won’t be available via Apple’s online store iTunes. ‘Conversations between Apple and EMI are ongoing and we look forward to the day when we can make the music available digitally. But it’s not tomorrow,’ Ernesto Schmitt, EMI’s global catalog president, told the FT’s Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Regardless of when it happens, The Beatles arrival in Apple’s iTunes Store will be the final imprimatur in the minds of many people beyond a certain age. Yes, Apple’s iTunes Store has for some time now been the #1 U.S. music retailer, but you still couldn’t buy The Beatles there. When you can, Apple’s iTunes Store will become “real” to many millions who’ve never purchased a single track online. The Beatles’ stamp of approval will make iTunes Store and the concept of digital downloads something that’s finally worth looking into for many who haven’t done so yet. That’s the real significance of the arrival of The Beatles in Apple’s iTunes Store, not that those of us yet to reach a certain age have long ago ripped our Beatles CDs to iTunes.

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


  1. It’s 09/09/09 here in Oz and there is no news – yet – about the Beatles and iTunes or Amazon or Yoko…

    Just a note from the future…
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    Cheers, Mates.

  2. This had less to do with Yoko and more to do with production workflow at Sky News.

    There are a bunch of stories that have been written and interviews conducted about the announcements at tomorrow’s event. These stories are being held by agreement with Apple to not run until after the event has happened.

    But, there is always some news organization, magazine, or vendor website that let’s something slip in the wee hours of the event, usually during a test run of a related web-site.

    The good news is that Apple has apparently orchestrated wide coverage of this event, which means that there will most likely be some epic announcement, such as a Beatles appearance on iTunes. Look for Jobs doing post-event interviews on CNBC and other outlets. Probably another Fortune and/or BusinessWeek cover in the works too.

    And the hits just keep coming, yeah yeah yeah…..

  3. I guess I should say – digital – all the CDs are for sale in “The Beatles Store” on Amazon but I can’t find any digital releases.

    So the future is a bit brighter….

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  4. It’s not about the “older fans” ripping their cd’s to their iTunes library. It’s the fact that The Beatles still sell millions of albums per year. They are still one of the biggest draws in the music business around the world. Heck, the portion of the Beatles catalog that Michael Jackson owned is the only thing that was making him money for the recent years before his death.

    Believe it or not, even 40 years after their breakup, The Beatles catalog is still extremely lucrative.

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