Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

Summary: Rev up your Beatles song puns. Apple is reportedly bringing the Beatles to iTunes.

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Rev up your Beatles song puns. Apple is reportedly bringing the Beatles to iTunes.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has finally sealed a deal for the Beatles catalog. This effort has been going on for years. It's been a long and winding road, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs just couldn't let it be.  Finally, the two sides came together. These Beatles references could easily be a drinking game.

The news comes ahead of Apple's iTunes announcement. The Journal didn't have much detail beyond the main headline.

It's likely that Apple will have more than just the Beatles on tap for its iTunes announcement Tuesday.

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  • I hope it's more than that

    The other rumors I've heard are lighting the candle on the 500,000 sq. ft. server farm in North Carolina, the Lala based music streaming service, video streaming, a cloud based iCal calendar and various other cloud/iTunes ideas. I hope Cupertino is getting up at 7am for more than the Beatles. Not that the Beatles aren't great, it's just...
    Info-Dave
  • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

    I'm sure this is completely different from the previous 975,821 iterations of this rumor...

    Let's get real here: what do the surviving members of the Beatles have to gain by allowing digital downloads of their music? I don't think it is even POSSIBLE that they could achieve a higher market share, or more album sales....
    Doctor Demento
  • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

    Ehh... So?

    The boomers who love the Beatles already have the CDs. For the X'ers and beyond, we just don't care.
    TerryNorton
    • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

      @TerryNorton
      Yeah gen x'ers care so little about the Beatles that they buy their CD's by the millions every year....

      Fact: about 40% of all Beatles CD's are sold to people under the age of 25
      Doctor Demento
      • Who else will buy them

        Doctor Demento? If the "boomers" already own the CD's, why would they purchase those CDs a second time?

        This leaves a large percentage of buyers to the under 25 age group, as they do no own the CD's yet.
        Tim Cook
    • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

      @TerryNorton You'd be surprised. We live in a world where you can easily pick and choose any music you like from any era and download it, and where you're not limited by what's in stock. If you want, you can find classical music composed over 100 years ago (played by a more recent orchestra, of course).

      While each generation does tend towards certain artists, there's lots of people who will download any music they like, regardless of its age or style. We have an enormous flexibility that was unheard of 20 years ago. If I happen to stumble upon music from another generation that I like, I'll download it in a heartbeat. We're no longer restrained by what's in stock in a store.

      I think that iTunes has paved the way for more people to enjoy music created by any generation. While there will always be the latest and the greatest, I think there is more room now than ever before to revisit the past, and I think more people than you realize take advantage of it.
      CobraA1
  • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

    Wow.. a press conference just for that?

    Apple is getting desperate for new material for these press circuses.
    TheWerewolf
  • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

    Kinda wondering how in the world they managed to pull it off, if this is true. I didn't think the Beatles would ever change their minds about it.
    CobraA1
  • The Beatles? iYawn.

    This is news? I've had every Beatles song I want loaded on one non-Apple MP3 player or another for years.
    Hallowed are the Ori
    • So what!

      I've had every Beatles song I wanted loaded onto my iPod. What's your point?
      Info-Dave
      • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

        Nevermind... cyberspammer explained it better than I.
        Hallowed are the Ori
      • It means he didn't need to wait for Apple

        to put them on iTunes or buy an iPod to do it.

        how could you miss that?
        Ron Bergundy
  • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

    Who cares. The Stones are still better.
    minardi
    • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

      @minardi

      Preach it, brother. Preach it.
      Hallowed are the Ori
  • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

    Not a fan of The Beatles at all. I hope there is more of this than just the announcement of Beatles songs.
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

    Mark Mulligan of research firm Forrester is not impressed. But his argument sweeps away the entire history of art as useless junk.

    http://thesecondopiniontribune.blogspot.com/2010/11/beatles-on-itunes-finally-not-everyone.html
    tdaonp
  • RE: Apple lands the Beatles for iTunes

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