No Beatles iPod for Christmas

No Beatles iPod for Christmas

Summary: It looks like you won't be able to buy The Beatles music on iTunes this holiday season, which threatens to take a bite out of Apple revenue for the all important holiday quarter.Talks between Apple and The Beatles' record label Apple Corps Ltd.

SHARE:
TOPICS: Hardware, Apple, Mobility
16

The Beatles wonÂ’t be on iTunes this ChristmasIt looks like you won't be able to buy The Beatles music on iTunes this holiday season, which threatens to take a bite out of Apple revenue for the all important holiday quarter.

Talks between Apple and The Beatles' record label Apple Corps Ltd. have "stalled" according to Beatles guitarist Sir Paul McCartney speaking at the launch of his new album Electric Arguments.

According to the BBC, EMI still owns the rights to the Beatles catalog and must come to an agreement with Apple Corps before the tracks can be distributed digitally.

"EMI want something we're not prepared to give 'em. It's between EMI and The Beatles I think - what else is new?," McCartney said. "Last word I got back was it's stalled at the moment. But I really hope it will happen because I think it should."

Read more about the ongoing saga between Apple and The Beatles.

(Tip: AppleInsider)

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Mobility

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

16 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Who?

    Each year that passes makes this group more and more irrelevant. In five more years, the only people who will care are 60 year old journalists.
    frgough
    • Thats a different band.....:P

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • Are you serious?

      I am sorry, but the Beatles are still hip even with a lot of the College crowd and were with the High School crowd just a couple of years back (may still be, I don't know). It goes in cycles, but the Beatles music is right in line with a lot of music being produced today.
      The-Bytemaster
      • the guy is one D.W.

        Apparently he has no contact with today's world, if he did, he will know that there are tons of 10 year old's who dig the Beatles. This is on top of all the early teens and college kids who also dig the Beatles. Good melodies never go out of style, cranky far right nutcases do though...
        nothingness
    • That's right. They're so irrelevant in fact

      that Apple is [i]desparatelly[/i] trying, (along with everyone else), to have the Beatles sign on their service.

      Exclusively.
      John Zern
      • I would love to see Apple force an exclusive deal!

        With 80%+ of the digital music market, Apple has a monopoly level control over that market. By forcing EMI to sign an exclusive deal, Apple would be opening themselves up to anti-trust lawsuits. :)
        NonZealot
        • Monopolies are bad.

          Get over it. :D
          HypnoToad
          • Monopolies are not always bad

            Some services are best handled by a monopoly, like electrical systems. It does not make electricity cheaper to have several companies compete to bring power to your house, especially if each company has to have their own set of power poles, power lines and power generating plants.

            The government sets rules on how monopolies do their services and pricing. A monopoly can not increase its pricing without approval. This is what is supposed to keep monopolies in check.
            sboverie
      • Is that pure Apple bashing speculation

        , typical for anti-Apple types, or do you have proof of the "exclusivity" charge?

        If you could read (from AppleInsider)

        "According to a report published by the BBC Tuesday morning, [b]EMI still owns the rights to the Beatles recordings and therefore must enter into an agreement with Apple Corps -- the company set up by the band to look after their catalogue -- before the tracks can be released for digital distribution.

        "EMI want something we're not prepared to give 'em. It's between EMI and The Beatles I think - what else is new?,[/b]" McCartney said. "Last word I got back was it's stalled at the moment. But I really hope it will happen because I think it should.
        ...
        When asked about the current situation surrounding iTunes, [b]an EMI spokesperson said the label is "working hard to secure [an] agreement with Apple Corps[/b] to make the Beatles' catalogue available in digital form" but added "the various parties involved have been unable to reach agreement."

        EMI hopes both sides can make some progress "soon."

        I know it's hard for you to grasp but the holdup seems to be between EMI and Apple Corps. Apple Inc has nothing to do with that stalemate.

        And like MS wouldn't kill to get the Beatles for their handful of Zune suckers... "users".

        The ABA crowd gets more asinine and funny all the time but keep it up as we all need a good laugh in these chaotic times.

        ...
        MacCanuck
        • How is that Apple bashing?

          [i]that Apple is desparatelly trying, (along with everyone else)[/i],

          Sounds like he was talking about everyone, (Microsft included), there.

          [i]It looks like you won?t be able to buy The Beatles music on iTunes this holiday season, which threatens to take a bite out of Apple revenue for the all important holiday quarter[/i]

          Sounds like they'll talking about Apple there

          The NBA crowd gets more asinine and funny to the point that they don't actually [i]read[/i] the posts anymore, just automaticly defending anything even remotely "non Apple praising".

          But keep it up as we all need a good laugh in these chaotic times.
          AllKnowingAllSeeing
    • Would it even matter?

      Anyone who likes the Beatles has already bought the CD collections from Costco for $10 and imported it into iTunes. Who is going to pay Apple for music they already have on their iPods?
      oncall
  • I wonder what EMI is asking for?

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • Probally their 1st borns

      or something ;(
      John Zern
  • Beatles - Who cares?

    Half of them are dead. They represent a generation so removed from today that most iPod users couldn't care less.

    Maybe in half a century someone will dust off a pile of 33s and "rediscover" them.
    croberts
    • Actually, their music is what's removed from today - for now or even THEN!

      The people making the music are just as much the dregs of humanity as anyone else is.
      HypnoToad
  • That's the band featuring the hypocrites, right?

    Never mind the last two years of McCarthyism and his previous wife who pimped her name on every pseudo-vegan microwavable meal out there and the rush of new wives since then...

    A recent book, "John Lennon: The Life", had Mr. Peace'n'Love beating women and mocking the handicapped WHILE going around saying how love will fix all. What a joke.

    If only boycotts worked... "We Can Work It Out" indeed.
    HypnoToad