Apple has exclusive exclusive digital rights for The Beatles ‘into 2011’

“Apple has exclusive digital rights for the Beatles ‘into 2011,’ says spokesman Dylan Jones, and he notes that the exclusivity doesn’t expire on the first of January,” Peter Kafka reports for AllThingsD. “But he confirms that the exclusivity does indeed have an expiration date.”

Kafka wonders, “So when that date comes, we should expect to see the Beatles everywhere else you can get music online, right? Namely Amazon, and the subscription services that rent music by the month, like Spotify, Rhapsody and Microsoft’s Zune? Or Google, if and when it launches its music service?”

“‘That’s a question, isn’t it,’ Jones says, and doesn’t offer more,” Kafka reports.

Full article, with Kafka’s theories about what could happen when the date hits, here.

The Beatles can be found on Apple’s iTunes Store here.


  1. This news made me look at the Beatles I ripped into my iTunes. I noticed they were all at 128 vs. 256. Re-ripping now and bought a few tunes I had not had on my iPod previously.

  2. It wasn’t really much of an announcement… It was only on the home page and nowhere else… We make it more than it is. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    As for the battle to get the catalog for years and years, I guess it is a big deal.


  3. There is one think everyone is missing and din’t get yet. With Beatles on iTunes means Apple is now the owner of Apple logo – and this is somerhing Big, just check yourself The very first video on iTunes dedicated webpage until the end of it and you’ll understand what i’m talking about ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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