Mccartney Blames Emi For Lack Of Digital Beatles Songs
SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY has criticised executives at record label giant EMI for failing to bring the BEATLES' music into the digital age - insisting "business hassles" have kept the Fab Four's tunes off the internet.
The band's tracks are currently not licenced for internet downloads, meaning fans are unable to buy the songs digitally through online retailers such as Apple's iTunes store.
Bosses at EMI, the company that owns the Beatles' recordings, have long been in negotiations with the surviving bandmembers and Apple Corps to make the catalogue available online - but the talks have so far failed to result in a deal.
MCCartney has put the blame on EMI, but hopes the "crazy" situation will be resolved in the future.
He tells BBC Newsbeat, "To tell you the truth I don't actually understand how it's got so crazy. I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it's going to happen. It's been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes. It's the people in the middle, the record label. There have been all sorts of reasons why they don't want to do it."
But MCCartney doesn't fear that a new generation of internet-using music fans will miss out on the group's legacy.
He adds, "We get so played and noticed and tributed (sic) as the Beatles that I'm not complaining."
A statement from EMI reads, "Discussions are ongoing. (We) would love to see The Beatles' music available for sale digitally."