The Beatles Added To Itunes

The Beatles' back catalogue has been added to iTunes.

The legendary British group - comprised of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison - have been the largest artist to be conspicuously absent from the digital download service, the largest music retailer in the world, until today (16.11.10).

Founder and chief executive of Apple - iTunes' parent company - Steve Jobs, has long been a Beatles fan and has spent years persuading the remaining members of the group , their management and record company, Apple Corps LTD - and parent label EMI - to allow iTunes to sell the band's music.

It has previously been thought the group were against selling their music digitally because they didn't feel it was fully secure against being shared illegally.

In 2008, Paul McCartney said he "hoped" a deal could be reached to allow The Beatles' music to be sold digitally.

Previously the only way to legally own The Beatles' songs in an MP3 format on a computer or MP3 player was by buying them on CD and converting them to a digital format.

The front page of Apple's website today bore a picture of the band, and stated simply: "The Beatles. Now on iTunes."

Although the band were seen as musical pioneers until they split in 1970, their legacy has been notoriously slow in being on adapting to changes in the recording industry, with the band's back catalogue not released on CD until 1987, and boxed sets of unreleased material not released until the mid 90s.

Their music was then only remastered last year and despite the MP3 being the format of choice for record buyers in the US and UK for approximately five years, it has taken until now for their music to be available in a digital format.

Despite this and the decline in CD sales in recent years, the group scored one of the biggest selling albums of the last decade with compilation `1', a collection of their number one singles, which sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

Critics in the UK have also pointed out that the cost of buying the Beatles music digitally - at a price tag of £0.99 a track - will be more than to buy the CDs and transfer them to computer.


Contactmusic

Tags: John Lennon - George Harrison - Ringo Starr - Sir Paul McCartney - The Front

Advertisement

More John Lennon

Guess Which Insects Have Killed the George Harrison Memorial Tree?

A tree planted in tribute to former Beatles guitarist George Harrison has died after being infested by...beetles. The pine tree was planted in Los Angeles'...

Happy Days! Why Ron Howard Will Make A Great Director Of The Beatles Documentary

Ron Howard is set to direct a new documentary focussing on The Beatles' journey from The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final performance in...

The Beatles Revived One More Time In Concert Documentary About The Early Years

Big news, Beatles fans: a new authorised documentary on the rock icons is in the works, with Ron Howard slated to direct. The film will...

Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary, From Cavern Club to San Francisco

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is set to direct a documentary about The Beatles, following their journey from Liverpool's Cavern Club to their last concert at...

Advertisement

A Hard Days Night [Remastered] Trailer

In 1964, black and white music comedy 'A Hard Day's Night' was released, starring the world's most famous rock band The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul...

John Lennon's Doodles Sell For $27k and Other Crazy Music Auction Prices [Pictures]

If I tried selling watercolor paintings that I made when I was eleven years old, do you think anyone would buy them? No? What about...

Tupac Shakur's Final Words Were 'F**k You,' Other Famous Last Words

The dying words of rapper Tupac Shakur have been revealed, 18 years after his death. The words were spoken to sergeant Chris Carroll, the policeman...

Is Radler's New Dead Celebrities Beer Advert Hilarious, Bad-Taste...Or Both? [Video]

A new European beer commercial from the Radler brand has caused controversy across the world in countries where the advert's dark sense of humour doesn't...

Advertisement

Comments

John Lennon Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on John Lennon

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All