Beatles land on iTunes at last
Having set The Beatle’s iTunes page live 20 minutes ahead of today’s 3pm announcement, Apple has confirmed that it will be adding the entire Fab Four collection to the Apple iTunes Store ending a decade long feud with record label EMI.
Offering all 13 remastered studio albums from the band that changed the world like no other, iPod owning Beatles fans will be able to get hold of copies of the band’s music from iTunes for the first time with single albums to cost £10.99 each, double albums £17.99 each and individual songs available for 99p a pop.
“We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes,” said Sir Paul McCartney. “It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around.”
McCartney’s words were echoed, albeit with less sincerity and enthusiasm, by fellow surviving Beatle member Ringo Star: “I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes. At last, if you want it—you can get it now—The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo.”
John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono Lennon has also spoken out on the partnership that will see legendary albums such as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles [The White Album], and Abbey Road land in the iTunes store and no doubt, back in the music charts: ““In the joyful spirit of Give Peace A Chance, I think it is so appropriate that we are doing this on John’s 70th birthday year.”
“We love the Beatles and are honoured and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realising a dream we’ve had since we launched iTunes ten years ago.”
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