Leak: Apple obtains rights to sell The Beatles’ catalog

“Apple Inc. is preparing to announce that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation, a move that would fill in a glaring gap in the collection of the world’s largest music retailer,” Ethan Smith reports for The Wall Street Journal.

MacDailyNews Take: Whoopdie-effin’-doo! Too bad we stopped caring five years ago (at least; probably more). Ripped it all by 2002, come to think of it.

Smith reports, “The deal resulted from talks that were taking place as recently as last week among executives of Apple, representatives of the Beatles and their record label, EMI Group Ltd,, according to these people. These people cautioned that Apple could change plans at the last minute.”

“Even as recorded-music sales have plummeted, the Beatles have remained one of the most reliable franchises in the business. In 2009, 39 years after breaking up, they sold the third-highest number of albums of any act in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, with 3.3 million copies sold,” Smith reports. “In the past decade, the Beatles sold the second-highest number of albums of any artist (trailing Eminem by 2 million units), and the second-highest number of albums since SoundScan launched in 1991 (Garth Brooks has sold more), according to SoundScan.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’re excited — if only to put this story to bed once and for all.


  1. If this turns out to be the only thing they are hyping for tomorrow, then someone needs to get fired in their Marketing department.

    The addition of this catalogue is so not worthy of this level of hype. Anyone who uses iTunes and wants the Beatle’s catalogue already has it… The move is symbolic at best.

  2. Asked a girl what she wanted to be
    She said baby, can’t you see
    I wanna be famous, a star on the screen
    But you can do something in between…

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  3. I have the entire Beatles collection in a nifty roll-top box that was ripped long ago. This will be a MAJOR letdown. I guess I can sleep tonight and find out in the morning.

    And I can’t wait to not buy any of their songs at inflated prices here in Oz. Unbelievable how much AppleAsia adds to all of the Apple products. I guess it costs more to box and ship those digital dodads here Downunder.

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  4. First of all, George’s right hand (on ‘Help’) is pointing closer to 8 than 7, so it should read “Texas” on the first clock.

    Second, if this is not a big deal to anyone other than Steve Jobs, then guess what everyone at Apple will be celebrating?

    Third, if it is the Beatles, I hope Apple is using them to kick off iTunes streaming through MobileMe.

  5. If it is still one of the best selling acts in the world, then it definitely makes sense to have it available on the biggest music store in the world. Even if most of us have already ripped their music long ago. Apparently, there are still millions who buy their stuff every day. Beginning tomorrow, they’ll be able to do it on iTunes as well. This is fairly huge.

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