The Beatles finally coming to iTunes?

It would appear that the final obstacle to get The Beatles music on iTunes, and other services, has finally been overcome. Apple Corps, which is owned by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, has finally settled a £30m royalty dispute with EMI Group. The company began legal proceedings against EMI in December 2005, claiming that EMI owed more than £30m in unpaid royalties from sales between 1994 and 1999. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed, but EMI and Apple Corps said in a joint statement that they "settled last month on mutually acceptable terms". Apple Corps can now negotiate a new royalties deal with EMI to cater for online music downloads. Eric Nicoli, chief executive at EMI, said that the company is working on a timeframe for when The Beatles albums will be available online.

News source: vnunet

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[font=Garamond][size=2]I am not sure what the big deal is about The Beatles finally coming to iTunes, either. I mean, first off, all their music is available on CD, and secondly, if you want these songs on MP3, as someone else mentioned, just rip the CD you have already or go out and buy the CD, or just go to one of the NUMEROUS music-sharing websites and download it from there. I do not, in any way, support downloading full albums of artists for free, but downloading a song or two is no more harmless than when we used to record songs off the radio when we were kids.

However, I also don't understand people who pay for digital music when you can buy a tangible CD that won't ever get erased or lost or corrupted. So, for me, The Beatles have been available for download since the day Napster first went online...I don't see why this keeps making the news in such a big way.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a joint venture between Sony Corp and Michael Jackson, owns the publishing rights for the Beatles catalogue, but Britain's EMI Group owns the rights to the group's master recordings.

C'mon... Beatles music is already paid long ago... Should it not be considered mankind patrimony as they were pioneers in the rock scene? I for me consider it free. It's like Beethoven or whatever... Stop feeding those already ultra rich greedy people...

This is all assuming Apple Corps want to let their property be used on Apple Inc. Isn't there still an unsettled lawsuit between them?

This is probably bigger news for the more casual fan who only likes one or two of their songs. Die-hard Beatles fans would have had the completely discography on their iPod long ago, and in arguably higher quality.

The title is somewhat misleading. There has been no official announcement made, but I'm positive Beatles music will be available soon.

Why is this such big/good news? Surely any Beatle fan will have the songs already on CD and ripped them to whichever mp3 player they have.

Yes, it turns out not a single Beatles' album has been sold since 2002.

(Why do people repeat this nonsense: music worth buying always has an audience, always finds a new audience. Simple. People aren't DONE buying the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, tons of Jazz performers, et al... EVER.)


This is indeed great news, even though I also don't use iTunes.

I've been waiting for this decision for a couple months now.

Great news....even though I don't use iTunes.
This will hopefully open the floodgates to a slew of projects that need to be done such as the remaster and release of SACD and/or DVD-A discs, a remastered and rereleased "Let It Be" and "Help" films.....and maybe a nice 5.1 dvd of the promotional videos...

Yeah, I don't know what happened to that remaster. I got really excited when I first heard about it a year ago, and it seems like absolutely nothing has happened since then, or at least nothing has been made known to the public.

Meee too, I would pick a complete set of remastered albums, and then listen to them back to back with my original copies to see if I can notice a difference :P

If they do Help! or Let It Be or Hard Day's Night movies to the same quality my Yellow Submarine 5.1 mix I would pick those up too.