The Beatles on iTunes is a smashing hit

Do you know that for $100, you can buy the entire Beatles collection in physical form? Do you realize that to purchase the same collection on iTunes, you'd have to shell out an extra $49 to get the same thing in digital format? Does anyone really care?

There are few Beatles fans out there that don't already own the band's full discography. Yet that, combined with the premium price for it in digital format, didn't seem to matter when Apple announced a day the world will never forget. Looking back on the first week's sales, the Cupertino based company wasn't exaggerating. Once Apple made The Beatles on iTunes official, it seems that people couldn't resist opening their wallets.

According to Billboard (via SlashGear), in just a single week, Apple sold more than two million Beatles songs and roughly 450,000 albums. Abbey Road has been the top album and Here Comes the Sun was noted as the top selling song. Apple plans to continue its advertising campaign for The Beatles by putting full page ads in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

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Fools and their money are soon parted. Only Apple would have the gall to charge more for a lossy digital format of a song than the real thing that you could rip to FLAC or WAV even.

They've probably netted $3M (if that) from all the downloads so far, and the rate of downloads is going to go down rapidly. This is nothing to get excited over.

I'm sorry but The Beatles are one of the most important musical acts in history and a lot of people enjoy the convenience of digital downloads as opposed to a physical format. Combine those two facts together and it's very clearly nothing to do with "gullibility" or being "lemmings". Still, don't let that stop your false sense of superiority.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I'm sorry but The Beatles are one of the most important musical acts in history and a lot of people enjoy the convenience of digital downloads as opposed to a physical format. Combine those two facts together and it's very clearly nothing to do with "gullibility" or being "lemmings". Still, don't let that stop your false sense of superiority.

The Beatles were very important as an influence to rock music, but sadly rock music seems pretty irrelevant these days. This is coming from somebody who still listens to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Who, and the Rolling Stones on a regular basis. I can imagine that most of the downloads were by Gen Xers or older.

Once again proving that apple could put their logo on a pile of dog s*** and people would gladly fork over their money. P.T. Barnum would have been proud.

I guess this day will be unforgettable because apple will release statements related to it until the end of time. yehawww!

twist said,
I guess this day will be unforgettable because apple will release statements related to it until the end of time. yehawww!

Except Apple isn't the one who released this statement to news? It was another news source that Neowin then quoted from?

Lazlo said,
*Yawn* Unfortunately too young to care about this news.

*Yawn* Unfortunately, I'm too old to care about this news either.

Lazlo said,
*Yawn* Unfortunately too young to care about this news.

*Yawn* Unfortunately I don't care much for your comment.

techbeck said,
Dont think anyone doubted that the Beatles would sell...just that it wasnt an unforgettable moment.

Well let me know when you forget it. I doubt you will.

acnpt said,
Shame that labels, and games pubs think that digital distribution should cost more.

This is why so much of the world pirates.

cyberdrone2000 said,
Which day?

Well of course the day that Apple said no one would forget, ah that unforgetable moment it changed everything.

Most people have already gone out, bought the physical discs, and copied them into iTunes. They could have made so much more money, if they didn't waste their time with releasing in a digital format.
And a physical CD is better than digital any day of the week.

tehmemories said,
And a physical CD is better than digital any day of the week.
Mmm, well, FLAC (or equivalent) release and I'll happily stop buying CDs.

thommcg said,
Mmm, well, FLAC (or equivalent) release and I'll happily stop buying CDs.

+1
Aren't lossless formats just the best?

Towlie505 said,

+1
Aren't lossless formats just the best?

That's the format I rip in for my collection ...now only if iTunes supported FLAC format.

tehmemories said,

That's the format I rip in for my collection ...now only if iTunes supported FLAC format.

I know. I gets old having to convert it to Apple Lossless just to put it on my iPod.

tehmemories said,
Most people have already gone out, bought the physical discs, and copied them into iTunes. They could have made so much more money, if they didn't waste their time with releasing in a digital format.
And a physical CD is better than digital any day of the week.

Ill just leave this here - http://i.imgur.com/05STN.jpg

Well, if people chose to buy the Beatles music again(if they already had it in physical form), then they are idiots.

If they are "new" buyers, then that's OK.

Towlie505
Yeah, but you'd still be paying $50 more for the same music in a lower quality.

If one wanted to buy from there yes.