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McCartney: Beatles online music deal ‘virtually done’

The Beatles’ music catalog may soon be available for sale online, according to Paul McCartney. The former Beatle told Billboard magazine that a deal to put the band’s music online is “virtually settled.” Following a settlement between Apple Inc. and the Beatles’ Apple Corps. earlier this year, there has been much speculation as to when the Beatles’ catalog would be released on the iTunes Store. Apple Corps executive Neil Aspinall recently confirmed that the entire works of the Beatles were in the process of being remastered for a digital release. McCartney’s new album, “Memory Almost Full,” will be his first solo release available for download online. It will be available from iTunes and other stores on June 5th.

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McCartney released his “Chaos & Creation In The Back Yard” in 2005 to online stores. You’d think there’s fact checkers or something out there, particularly at Billboard.

Posted by Code Monkey on May 11, 2007 at 2:18 PM (CDT)


The Good News:  The Beatles catalog appears to be one step closer to appearing on iTunes.

The Bad News:  We have no idea how many steps it takes to get there.

Judging by the various news articles on iLounge, it seems like we’ve already taken over a dozen steps, but we’re still not there yet.

Posted by BJ Nemeth on May 11, 2007 at 2:23 PM (CDT)


Honestly….is there anyone at this point who doesn’t have the Beatles albums who wants them?

And I’m not talking about “illegal” downloading….Everything is available on cd….I can’t see anyone waiting all this time to download something that wouldn’t even be the same quality as the cd.

When they could just go out and pick up the discs.

Posted by Jeff on May 11, 2007 at 4:07 PM (CDT)


These are remastered, there is going to be a decent market for remastered Beatles works, believe me.

Posted by mike on May 11, 2007 at 5:13 PM (CDT)


I cant believe anyone cares.  If you like the beatles you’ve already downloaded thier music.

Posted by Kyle Armstrong on May 12, 2007 at 12:15 PM (CDT)


Legal battles and greed have prevented their music online legally. Yes In deed who does not already own many/most/all of their cds.

Rare and re-mastered cuts will sell most likely.

It will be nice to see their music available finally and place them in itunes for the future.

Steve is a huge beatle fan, what a great day for Apple.

Posted by mango on May 12, 2007 at 6:22 PM (CDT)


Who said these would be remastered?

Posted by Greg on May 15, 2007 at 12:49 AM (CDT)


I haven’t bought the CDs because they are usually in the $18CAD range which is way too much. I have a bunch of Beatles stuff on Vinyl and I got the odd best of collection (Singles, 1). I’m hoping they offer the entire catalogue like they did with U2 for a decent price.

Posted by Fink on May 15, 2007 at 8:14 AM (CDT)


Who said these would be remastered?

Neil Aspinall said it—its in the article, and its been reported elsewhere.

Its about time too.

Posted by dmt1 on May 15, 2007 at 2:34 PM (CDT)


If any of you haven’t heard The Beatles Love CD you don’t know what you’re missing.  These songs were remastered by George Martin and his son for the show in Las Vegas and they are unbelieveable in Dolby Digital 5.1.  Even the CD in stereo is outstanding.  I own many of The Beatles albums on CD and I would buy these if remastered to crystal clear digital.

Posted by Jon on July 1, 2007 at 10:10 PM (CDT)

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