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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. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Blah blah blah... this is 2010 not many people care about Beatles on iTunes. Just another day I'll forget...
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      yea lesson learned because this was like getting coal for christmas, I mean hell apple really all that hype for the Beatles okay okay yes they are great and they are on my iTunes but come on really especially with the holidays here and all this money and Ipad this Ipad that and Iphone this and that, and we wait and wait and BAM Beatles. Lesson Learned never getting excited again. Thanks for Once not impressing me. good for you on settling the lawsuit.
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -

      I'm a bit disappointed...

      to bad I already have the beatles box...

      One big massive announcement caused the stock price to fall by 2$ until now...
    1. StoneBayGrad's Avatar
      StoneBayGrad -
      I dont hate the beatles but I dont give a **** about this... just want the damn 4.1 unlock already
    1. Wldwsle1976's Avatar
      Wldwsle1976 -
      I can't believe I stayed awake for this. I'm not even a Beatles fan.
    1. crisco9071's Avatar
      crisco9071 -
      That was the news? Who gives a S*&T!
    1. liontaris's Avatar
      liontaris -
      This is ridiculous! Trying to divert people's attention from the flop of iOS 4.2?
    1. pyrotek's Avatar
      pyrotek -
      Are you effing kidding me?? What a letdown Apple. I'm so glad you used the "power" of your entire main page to entice everyone into checking this morning about the EFFING BEATLES.

      If I didn't love your products so much... lol
    1. darad's Avatar
      darad -
      Is that is , apple had us by the seat if our pants
    1. viriiguy's Avatar
      viriiguy -
      Woooo big fat hairy deal!!!! Like everyone in the world does not already own 14 copies of all their stuff anyway!!
    1. xCalipso's Avatar
      xCalipso -
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Huzzah! Today is a great day!! Beatles baby!!
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      I love how everyone is disappointed! lol

      Don't you think that everyone who want's all The Beatles songs, at this point in the iPod's career, has them on their device already?
    1. aplifoneusr's Avatar
      aplifoneusr -
      Ok so apples big announcement is the beatles. Here is my question though....who exactly was the announcement for?.....because they may be in many of peoples opinion a good band and whatever but I think they are not worth the hype. I would have much rather seen a dollar off coupon to the dollar store opposed to this. I mean if your some free love and peace beatles groupie good for you and congrats on being able to get something that you have been able to get for a long time now but for me it's a wasted marketing ploy and they certainly could have come out with something better.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Already forgotten. Not my thing as I wasn't around when everyone was crazy about them.

      125 for the box set. Too much and I'd use other ways to obtain the songs at no cost >_<
    1. dracwy's Avatar
      dracwy -
      WHAT???? BEATLES??? snore...... zzzzz
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      This is ********, who doesn't already have the beetles songs? Oh yeh people who font like the beatles.. I don't see why there is all this hype at all..
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by discostar View Post
      I love how everyone is disappointed! lol

      Don't you think that everyone who want's all The Beatles songs, at this point in the iPod's career, has them on their device already?
      Am I really the only one who doesn't?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wldwsle1976 View Post
      I can't believe I stayed awake for this. I'm not even a Beatles fan.
      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.
    1. bisan's Avatar
      bisan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Am I really the only one who doesn't?
      Ya I even have them to just to have it. Don't think I've listen to it more then once randomly!

      Lets release something substantial Apple!!!