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Report: Beatles music won’t be iTunes exclusive

The Beatles’ music catalog will soon be offered online, but will not be available exclusively from the iTunes Store as recent rumors have suggested. Neil Aspinall, the head of the Beatles’ Apple Corps, told Fox News that when the Beatles songs do get released online for downloading, “it will be on all the services, not just one.” That potentially means stores such as iTunes, Yahoo Music, Microsoft’s Zune store, and RealNetwork’s Rhapsody could all offer the the Beatles catalog.

Fox News also speculates that Apple Corps may have received iTunes and iPod royalties in its recent settlement with Apple Inc. “If you missed it, Apple Corps. sued Apple Inc. in 2002 over trademark violations after signing a 1991 agreement,” reports Fox News. “Jobs et al won, but the case went to appeal. Before the appeals court could make a ruling, a settlement was reached. The Beatles, sources say (and not Aspinall, whom I didn’t even discuss this with), may have won royalties on Apple iTunes/iPod hardware as part of the settlement.”

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Comments

1

so much about beatles. I am sick, tired. if you want albums, buy CDs. that’s it. whatever it is exclusive or not, I don’t care.

Posted by Edward on February 13, 2007 at 7:39 AM (PDT)

2

It doesn’t bother me as I only buy CDs.  I only wish they’d release more volumes of “The Capitol Albums”.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on February 13, 2007 at 8:24 AM (PDT)

3

Article does Not address issue of temporary/limited iTunes exclusivity.

Posted by Benton on February 13, 2007 at 10:35 AM (PDT)

4

I think it only makes sense to have it on as many online music stores as possible.  It would allow more people with different devices to buy and more money for the record company.

Posted by canadan on February 13, 2007 at 2:45 PM (PDT)

5

Edward, I think the majority of us see this as Beatles online = Beatles cd’s remastered, that’s what the big deal is.  I’m sure nobody is clamoring to get Beatles in 128 AAC, just to possibly have the recording sound more like the original records and not to cringe when we put on Sgt. Pepper’s with headphones on.

Posted by E on February 13, 2007 at 8:45 PM (PDT)

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