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    As has been rumored for the past 24 hours, Apple today announced that they had obtained rights to the Beatles' music catalog on the iTunes Store. Apple has had a teaser on their home page since early yesterday with the legend "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget." Eyebrows were raised by the apparent reference to "Another Day," a Paul McCartney song from his solo record "Ram" that was written during the Beatles' "Let it Be" sessions. Other hopeful rumors - such as the long-awaited streaming iTunes or all-you-can-eat music subscriptions - didn't pan out.

    Steve Jobs had been trying to make a deal with the Beatles' corporate entity Apple Corps Ltd. many times before, but negotiations have always broken down. The two sides have been suing back and forth since way back in 1978, when the Beatles alleged that Apple Computer infringed the band's trademark in the name and logo of Apple Corps. Apple settled in 1981 for an undisclosed amount, and agreed they wouldn't compete in the music business. However, in 1989 Apple Corps sued again, claiming that the music production capabilities of Macs violated the deal, and again in 2003 over the iTunes Store. Finally, Apple just bought up all the trademarks in question and licensed them back to Apple Corps.

    The Beatles are still huge sellers forty-plus years after breaking up. They have sold more than 177 million albums in the US alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Songs from all 13 albums are now available on the iTunes Store, along with a box set for $149.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: All Beatles Songs Now on iTunes started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 171 Comments
    1. kingljrules's Avatar
      kingljrules -
      Quote Originally Posted by Krazyfool88 View Post
      No, they're not good.
      theyre one of the best bands ever mate
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      I seriously don't feel anything for this release. If you care about the beatles as gods like they think we all do. You'd already have these albums. So what. There on iTunes.
    1. Krazyfool88's Avatar
      Krazyfool88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kingljrules View Post
      theyre one of the best bands ever mate
      They're like Led Zeppelin, if Led Zeppelin were really bad and cheesy and all their songs sounded the same aka if the were Australian. Can't even take 'em seriously.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I am blown away by this also. I can't believe people and blogs are calling this overhyped when they are the ones that overhyped it.
      You dont think predicting that it was going to be a day you'd never forget is overhyping just a little?

      I can't remember every BJ I've ever gotten, and a BJ beats buying digital music every day of the week. So saying, in effect, that this day was going to be better than a BJ, given the actual announcement, was the definition of overhyping.

      ^ airtight argument.

      p.s. If you happen to think that this WAS in fact better than getting a BJ, you need a therapist and a new s/o.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      How is it to live while dead on the inside? I'm honestly a little taken aback at the "shock and outrage" about this.

      Marketing/Hype? It was a one page update the day before. Nowhere else they announced or mentioned it. The blogosphere (god I hate this word) like always took something relatively minor and ran it into the ground much like everything Apple related.

      The Beatles on iTunes has been something a lot of us have always wanted for years now. Yes, you have been able to get the CDs for years now but that's not the point. The Beatles are one of the most iconic bands in music history. Their music not being on the biggest digital music story was an obvious omission. This could also push for other bands (ACDC as already mentioned) to bring their music to the digital age.

      And seriously, it's The Beatles! They changed and re-invented music forever. A lot of people don't really pick up on it, but look back at all their albums and music. They were only around for 10 years. A single decade! In 10 years (7 really if you want to nitpick) they created and brought so much to music when other bands stale and go their whole lives doing the same thing over and over and over.
      I agree. A lot of people don't understand the genius The Beatles brought to music, they really did change the music world, not to mention influence a huge amount of artists that we listen to today!
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      this changed my life how? i didn't know the beatles weren't on itunes..
      epic quote which mirrors many people these days and you get no love.
    1. elite_jounin's Avatar
      elite_jounin -
      I think it's funny that the people who are defending apple and their splash page are also the ones who are the most upset.

      SPECIAL UNFORGETTABLE APPLE ANNOUNCEMENT = FAIL....the reality ? everyone has different views in music so it's expected for many people to be disappointed.
    1. nhreminh's Avatar
      nhreminh -
      Quote Originally Posted by ozzymonstar View Post
      apple said its a day i wont forget but guess what i already forgot. so what are you talking about again, oh never mind dont remind i like the fact that i forgot.

      You must be a Jobs fan and a beatles lover. and that was a dumb comment. i dont recall anyone asking for a rub down, a free iphone or anything stupid like you said in your post.
      Sounds like I hit a nerve...What did you want your "day you'll never forget" gift to be? It must have been a SW update, 'cause you left that one out...or maybe the trip to Mars. I don't blame you. I wanna go to Mars too.
    1. Pr. TOSHIBA's Avatar
      Pr. TOSHIBA -
      I might be somewhat excited about this if I didn't already have over 200 Beatles songs.
    1. ADF's Avatar
      ADF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Taranis17 View Post
      Whooptie. Friggin. Do.

      Next week's surprise announcement: Steve Jobs gets a haircut!

      Oooohhh.. Ahhh...

      Like I said yesterday... The Beatles suck, who cares!
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      I just want to let everyone know that I am going to make a very big announcement tomorrow. This announcement is concerning the iPad. Please stay tuned. It's gonna be big!