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Do You Want the Beatles on iTunes?


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A chat room member asked me recently whether I thought it was important that the Beatles are now on iTunes. My initial reaction was a big snooze. I like the Beatles, but why is it such a big deal to have them on iTunes?

It’s not like we couldn’t listen to their music in a million other ways, people. There are still CDs and casette tapes out there. Heck, I’m willing to bet many people still own original Beatles vinyl. There are numerous ways to get those songs onto your computer and playlists. Anyone who truly cared about having the Beatles in those areas already HAVE the Beatles in those areas.

I’m sorry, but to me this is just a non-event. I will never understand why such a big deal was made out of it.

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Yoko Ono Nixes Beatles on iTunes

Yoko Ono says that you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for the Beatles to appear on iTunes and other online retailers. The Fab Four have held out when it comes to entering the digital download fray. Instead, they cling to their old standby – the compact disc. Oddly enough, it’s been working for them. Their remastered catalog still sells millions of copies. Apple Corps (not to be confused with the Apple who brings iTunes to you!) – the group’s holding company – has been unable to agree on terms with EMI Group, which licenses the Beatles’ recordings. I have a feeling that will not change any time soon.

John Lennon’s widow told reporters that “Steve Jobs has his own idea and he’s a brilliant guy. There’s just an element that we’re not very happy about, as people. We are holding out. Don’t hold your breath … for anything,” she said with a laugh. What a sad day, indeed. Even though their CD sales are still strong, imagine how many more millions of tunes would sell should they become available in iTunes and other similar services.

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