Apple iTunes will finally get The Beatles, claims WSJ

Apple iTunes will finally get The Beatles, claims WSJ

Summary: Dozens of Apple fan sites have been speculating about what Apple was going to announce tomorrow, and the Wall Street Journal is claiming a scoop: Apple iTunes, at Long Last, Gets Rights to Beatles.Referring to anonymous sources, the story says: "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.

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Dozens of Apple fan sites have been speculating about what Apple was going to announce tomorrow, and the Wall Street Journal is claiming a scoop: Apple iTunes, at Long Last, Gets Rights to Beatles.

Referring to anonymous sources, the story says: "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, who also warned that there is still a chance that Apple could change plans at the last minute."

The Beatles famously founded a company punningly called Apple Corps, and later claimed Apple Computer infringed its trademark, so there has been some litigation between the two companies from the 1970s.

Earlier, Billboard, the premier music industry publication, ran a story headlined: Best Bet: Apple To Announce Addition of Beatles Catalog to iTunes. "That's not fully confirmed, but after a day of phone calls, e-mails and cryptic messages, Billboard.biz is sticking its neck out and saying this is what we're going to hear tomorrow," said Billboard. It added:

For starters, the sources in the past that quashed any rumors of an impending Beatles launch are today very quiet, and strangely so. Next is the wording of the teaser on Apple's website. The first line is, 'Tomorrow is just another day.' As noted earlier, 'Another Day' is a Paul McCartney song released on his solo record Ram, but written during the Beatles' Let it Be sessions.

Using Yesterday might have been too obvious....

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  • Well of course it's been a Long and Winding Road.

    It's sort of interesting, as a coda to the Apple Corp/Apple Inc story (and probably a big boost for the very struggling EMI), but who really cares? It's just a repackaging of admittedly great music that anyone who wants it digitally already has.
    frankomahony