Apple Corps Ltd: Beatles ready for downloading

Apple Corps Ltd: Beatles ready for downloading

Summary: Neil Aspinall, the head of Apple Corps Ltd. says "All 13 core albums, the ones originally released on CD in 1987, have been remastered... at some point they will all be released, probably at the same time." Will this lead to a yellow iPod?

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Neil Aspinall, the head of Apple Corps Ltd. and the man who's protected The Beatles legacy for the last 40 years — told told FOXNews.com's Roger Friedman over the weekend:

"All 13 core albums, the ones originally released on CD in 1987, have been remastered," Aspinall told me. "At some point they will all be released, probably at the same time."

Friedman goes on to say that The Beatles digital albums will be released via several different digital music services, and not exclusively through iTunes.

...now Aspinall says that when The Beatles songs do get put on the Internet officially, "it will be on all the services, not just one." So all The Beatles songs will be found on iTunes, Rhapsody, etc.

The big question is whether or not Apple will announce a special edition Beatles iPod to commemorate the occasion. As much as I love the idea of a "Yellow Submarine" iPod it won't be a phone-less iPhone (iPod 6G) as many have hoped. Such a device would cannibalize iPhone sales too much. As I've said before, Apple won't release a phone-less iPhone until sales begin to stagnate. There's just too much revenue at stake for Apple to gamble with iPhone sales.

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And if they do release a 5.5G Beatles iPod Apple may finally be able to pre-load the Beatles catalog. As commenter tic swayback pointed out in response to my Zune review yesterday:

"So far Apple has been unable to [pre-load iPods with content] due to their agreement with Apple Records. They were banned from selling physical copies of music. That's why when you buy a U2 iPod, you don't get the songs pre-loaded, you get a coupon to download them from the iTunes store. Now that there's a new agreement in place, I expect we'll be seeing a lot of pre-loaded iPods, starting with the rumored Beatles-based model."

As far as a line of yellow iPods are concerned, as much as I'd love to see one, Apple definitely has a bias against the color. But hey, at least the orange iPod shuffle is a step in the right direction.

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  • Why just yellow?

    Why not a Blue Jay Way model? Or there's always Helter Skelter blood red....
    tic swayback
  • It's a pity Apple can't compete on merit

    Instead, they have to sign exclusive deals with record companies in order to lock their competition out of the market and create yet more artificial barriers to entry. This convicted monopolist needs to be broken up now! Hurray for Norway! Hopefully it is a sign that the world is waking up to the evil that is Apple. Apple does nothing but reduce choice in every market it enters. Stand up for choice. Stand up against Apple!

    http://digg.com/apple/Norway_declares_iTunes_Illegal_3
    NonZealot
    • Did you even read the article?

      Usually I just ignore you, but this one was really pathetic.

      How does:
      "Friedman goes on to say that The Beatles digital albums will be released via several different digital music services, and not exclusively through iTunes."

      Translate into:
      "they have to sign exclusive deals with record companies in order to lock their competition out of the market and create yet more artificial barriers to entry"

      What color is the sky in your little world?
      tic swayback
      • I think

        the color of the sky in his world is a little Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds...

        Time to put the sugar cubes down.
        frgough
      • Please stop stalking me

        Your obsession with me is quite pathetic. Please stop responding to my posts.
        NonZealot
        • My apologies

          Sorry, I thought you'd be starved for attention these days. Your last post was so laughably silly even I couldn't resist. Won't happen again.
          tic swayback
    • Sure is a pity...

      ...that you can't get your facts straight and bash Apple at every turn with imaginary
      stuff. There isn't one record company that sells on iTunes exclusively. The Norway
      affair has everything to do with Apple's DRM and nothing to do with "exclusive" deals
      with record companies. Tic, keep on stalking! I can't help but think NonZealot is
      no_ax under another login.
      dolph0291
    • It's a pity you are a raving lunatic

      nt
      JohnM865
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  • Boomers for Sale

    Beatles music was a turning point in the history of pop music, and its power will
    once again prove to be a turning point in the history of online music. As CD sales
    plummet, Tower Records goes out of business, music downloading matures, and
    high tech titans call for an end to copy protection, the Beatles -- dressed up in
    white tuxedos right out of Magical Mystery Tour -- are happy just to dance with
    all the online music services, and put online sales on an equal footing with CD
    sales. Baby boomers (those of us over 50) are excited by this, and that's why
    record labels should also be excited -- baby boomers are the folks more likely to
    buy music, compared to the younger generations that are used to downloading
    free music.

    I disagree with the idea that a Beatles-branded iPod would damage iPhone sales;
    besides, I expect Apple to introduce more iPod models, decked out with enough
    storage to handle larger music and video libraries. Perhaps an Abbey Road model
    would include everything the group ever did -- all music, all films and videos,
    even audiobook biographies.

    Tony Bove
    Tony Bove's iTimes
    (www.tonybove.com/blog)
    tony@...
  • RE: Apple Corps Ltd: Beatles ready for downloading

    It is now January 2009. No new Beatles product (forget "Rock Band" and "Love" documentary). The days of neil Apsinall are over: Paul's in love again, Ringo & Paul are blocking "Let it Be" on dvd during their lifetimes, and all the (already remixed in 2007) Beatles recordings sit in EMI vaults. EMI/Apple Corps are seriously in the crapper.
    dlawt
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