RUMOR: The Beatles to bow on Apple iTunes Store on December 15

“According to the Swiss Radio ‘Suisse Romande,’ Beatles catalog will be available on the iTunes Store on December 15th,” linathael notes for HardMac (MacBidouille) in a brief turn of the ol’ rumor mill.

Link: here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve said before, 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 rarely or never purchased a single track online. The latest Rasmussen Reports U.S. survey fond that 69% of adults still say they rarely or never download music with over 80% of those ages 50 and older saying they rarely or never download music, compared to 55% of those 18 to 29. 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. Beyond the fact that there are people born every second who’ve never heard The Beatles’ music, 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 “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. Suisse Romande has one of the best sites for breaking news on the web. They also have an iPhone app. If you’re a news junkie who can read a little French, check it out.

  2. The Beatles on iTunes is good and all that, but this breathless notion of some certificate of authenticity is overdone. Rather than define iTunes by its connection to the Beatles, in 2009, I think the opposite is more like it.

  3. With the rollout of Beatles music, it is obvious to me they are trying to make as much money as possible by selling big chunks of music first (CDs, USB drive), then they will let the iTunes stores have a shot at it just in time for Christmas. Well planned business decisions to maximize profit.

  4. Piss on em. They chose to be cagey, thinking they can milk iTunes users for all their worth.

    Listen, you Beatle asswipes. You fiddled farted around too long and I got your music by other means. Take your gouging prices and shove them up that ono or whatever the sluts name is arse.

  5. Rumor: LordRobin to projectile vomit all over his keyboard and monitor if he reads one more g*ddamn m*****f***ing rumor about the f***ing Beatles on iTunes.


  6. This reminds me of the latest Get a Mac ad, “Promises”. Instead of John Hodgeman promising the latest Windows won’t have the problems of the last version, they should have a Paul McCartney lookalike promising this rumor won’t be like the last one.

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