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Beatles to sue Apple over music business

“Here it is: The Beatles are indeed about to sue Apple Computers over the iPod, iTunes and Apple Music. You may recall that I broke the story last year that Apple Computers long ago signed an agreement with the Beatles’ Apple Records that they would never ever ever have a company called Apple Music and that they would never ever ever go into the music business.”

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1

SO SUE ME!

oops!

Posted by steve on March 16, 2004 at 10:51 AM (CST)

2

Well if Apple signed such an agreement and broke it, all power to the Beatles.

The Beatles are awesome.

Posted by MeshAir on March 16, 2004 at 10:53 AM (CST)

3

NO, THEY DID NOT SIGN SUCH AN AGREEMENT!

Apple Computer is not MAKING music. They are RESELLING music.

Learn the facts of the agreement before posting such sycophantic tripe!

Posted by . on March 16, 2004 at 10:58 AM (CST)

4

“I broke the story last year that Apple Computers long ago signed an agreement with the Beatles’ Apple Records that they would never ever ever have a company called Apple Music and that they would never ever ever go into the music business.”

Then what does this mean?

Posted by MeshAir on March 16, 2004 at 11:00 AM (CST)

5

I don’t believe Apple is calling itself Apple Music, Apple Records, Apple etc.  (ie the iTunes Music Store).

I think the grounds for the lawsuit were that Apple promised to never be involved as a recording company, which technically they’re not.  They can argue they are a portal that sells music content, not an actual record label.

Posted by Ryan on March 16, 2004 at 11:03 AM (CST)

6

this story is such bull, i emailed the editor about it too, its such shoddy reporting.

“You may recall that I broke the story last year that Apple Computers long ago signed an agreement with the Beatles’ Apple Records that they would never ever ever have a company called Apple Music and that they would never ever ever go into the music business.”

apparenlty the reporter broke news about a public court case that has been in apple history for years, and he did it LAST YEAR. WTF, he broke this story last year? ummm i dont think so…

This is just one thing i have a problem with, the other is that ummmm AppleCorp (Apple Records) is suing apple, not The Beatles…. I can’t belive you guys even posted this. Hopefully iPodding wn’t mke the same mistake.

Posted by jon on March 16, 2004 at 11:07 AM (CST)

7

Yeah, this site sucks dick. Face it - they’re just spending 5 minutes a day making a load of crap up to post as “news” to cover up their cash-in “built for advertising” website.

This website would be 10000 times better if the people running it were in it for the right reasons and not just to make cash. There must be over 20 adverts on this page.

Posted by yeah on March 16, 2004 at 11:10 AM (CST)

8

http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/2003/09/11/applemusic/

Must be another crappy website.

Posted by MeshAir on March 16, 2004 at 11:44 AM (CST)

9

Hey “yeah”, do you know what you’re talking about???

Do you have any idea how expensive it is to keep a site like this up and running from all the visitors it receives everyday? 

Or what about the time it takes to maintain something like this???

Fact is that this site might break even at best.  The people running it are doing it because they enjoy it, don’t be a jerk.

Posted by Ryan on March 16, 2004 at 11:47 AM (CST)

10

Apple pressuered Starbrite into discontinuing the pPod/pBop emulator.  Personally I thought that the emulator was a form flattery.  Why is everyone defending Apple now.  What goes around comes around.

Posted by YYWWVV in Cold Spring, NY on March 16, 2004 at 12:23 PM (CST)

11

I thought the Beatles were dead?

Posted by Ringo on March 16, 2004 at 12:42 PM (CST)

12

Yeah…

“broke the story last year…” WHAT BULLSHIT!!

sosumi…HELLO!?!? Is there ANYONE who doesn’t know the sosumi story???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sosumi

Posted by steve on March 16, 2004 at 12:50 PM (CST)

13

heh.. funny quote:

“When it first happened with the iPod, we said, “What could they be thinking?” said a Beatles legal insider, who agreed that posters announcing the iPod from “AppleMusic” were among the most egregious violations. “They knew we had the agreement, and that we’d won a lot of money from them already.”

Posted by eric on March 16, 2004 at 12:55 PM (CST)

14

I cannot believe how much bitching and moaning that I hear about the news on this site.  cry more plz thx

Posted by stfu and cry more on March 16, 2004 at 1:02 PM (CST)

15

The ignorance of some “internet age” folk is just astounding.  You ponitficate as if you are such authorities on things that you are just too dumb to understand. I look at the idiocy of some of these comments and it truly makes me sad to think that you are the generation that will inherit the Earth.

The first gem from “Yeah” - how old are you? 13? You have no concept of the real world yet.

Then the next bit of wisdom comes from a “YYWWVV”. Your argument is pointless - you are comparing 2 things that aren’t even comprable. Your logic is seriously lacking.

Just to clarify one thing (as someon else tried to already)  THE BEATLES ARE NOT SUING APPLE!!!

Apple records, a label that was formed by the Beatles to distribute their music , has largely been a dormant record company for many years. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney are not even involved with the company anyomore. Apple Computers signed a no compete agreement with Apple Records when Apple first started (remember, this was back when Apple Records was still releveant) that they would never get into the music business as a music entity (record label, distibutuion, A & R development, etc.). They have not broken that agreement - and Apple records will lose this suit in a HUGE way.

There is NO WAY IN HELL that anyone of this generation will ever confuse Apple Computers and Apple records.

Posted by Chris on March 16, 2004 at 1:19 PM (CST)

16

well said

Posted by Sam on March 16, 2004 at 1:31 PM (CST)

17

That’s the thing about freedom of speech - even idiots get heard. Look I think at the end of the day everyone needs to sit back and take a deep breath.

None of this is, ultimately, crucial information. Since when did the stuff we do for entertainment get so serious?? Sheesh soon we’ll be feeding 1st gen ipods to the lions!

We’re on a site that gathers together information relating to a little white box that plays music. Let’s all bear that in mind…

Now, instead of flaming, go and listen to your ‘chill out’ playlist.

Posted by Mat on March 16, 2004 at 2:22 PM (CST)

18

I don’t have a “Chillout Playlist”.

My playlists are:

F*** You!
Go to Hell!
Shut the F*** Up!
Suck My D***!

My “On the Go” playlist is a compilation of the above mentioned playlists.

Posted by Stylescraper on March 16, 2004 at 2:56 PM (CST)

19

own3d

Posted by Joe on March 16, 2004 at 7:00 PM (CST)

20

I find this really quite sad.

At the end of the day, it will be us consumers who will miss out. Why the Beatles have to get so touchy about their management name which can hardly be called a brand I can’t seem to understand.

The world evolves man, brands are created, brands die. Accept it and let the next generation move on with their vision and ideas of how they want to shape their world.

To Apple, the name means everything, to the Beatles, what could they expect to lose? Their brand is The Beatles.

I suppose such words as Graceland and Material Girl are off limits for the next 100 years??

Perhaps this is nothing but a bunch of lawyers creating more work for themselves.

Its sad the word ‘commonsense’ has no place in our society anymore. Everything is now decided by a judge and money.

Posted by stevo on March 16, 2004 at 8:26 PM (CST)

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