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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. nhreminh's Avatar
      nhreminh -
      I'm just curious what you all were expecting? Brand new iPhones for everyone? Free trips to Mars? A rub down by Jobs himself? Product releases are preceded by keynotes and software updates aren't given splash pages like this. You (yes, you) are pissed because you thought it was going to be a shiny new "something" or an updated "whatever" Congratulations...you drank the kool-aid. Here are your sneakers and track suit.
    1. \m/ibnziceman\m/'s Avatar
      \m/ibnziceman\m/ -
      the fact tht apple used their "power" of the front page just to hype up the beatles on itunes as a day you'll never forget is just ridiculous. guaranteed that most everyone will forget this within the next couple of weeks
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      You're missing the point. Most bands DON'T release their music for "name the price". You're "Steal: v. To take without the owner's consent"ing from them with the system that is currently widely used. That's cool if they let you name the price, but almost no band does. Artists have an inherent right of ownership to their artwork. To take their art in a way that is not permitted by them is violating that right.
      I was simply using those as argument supporting the notion that widespread piracy wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

      I honestly have no guilt about it whatsoever.

      Software piracy is an entirely different beast, however, and one that I firmly object and go out of my way to donate to devs of free software that I use.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      I was simply using those as argument supporting the notion that widespread piracy wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

      I honestly have no guilt about it whatsoever.

      Software piracy is an entirely different beast, however, and one that I firmly object and go out of my way to donate to devs of free software that I use.
      So you're both not going to tell me why the last thing I said was wrong, but you say that it is. You give up?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      By law, sure they have that right. I don't think others should be able to profit off of their art or steal lyrics/chords to pass off as their own. Beyond that, it becomes something of the public's. Nothing wrong with putting albums up for sale (album would basically be a reward for your donation) as one way (of many) that your fans may support you. Go perform the music and you shall be compensated for it.
    1. Diverbelow's Avatar
      Diverbelow -
      Beatles what a joke ... Next time it will be the front camera on iPad which should have been already there at the first place ... They really revolution the world wowwwwww
    1. eyeRobot's Avatar
      eyeRobot -
      It was a poorly worded and thought out marketing ploy ....... or was it??

      OK, we're all massively disappointed that it's nothing major, but for apple they have generated huge interest in this non-event and probably sold a lot more Beatles music than they would have otherwise.

      I didn't even know the Beatles music wasn't on itunes!

      I watched Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe live last night, that was great entertainment and something I will never forget! So maybe apple were referring to that?
    1. ozzymonstar's Avatar
      ozzymonstar -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      Really, grow up. It was a splash-screen for 24 hours. No commercial, no live event, no blimps, just a graphic.

      People like you made it a big deal.. "ZOMG! I hope it's streaming 1337|\|3$$!!" or "Yippeee! 4.2!!"

      Really? Streaming hasn't happened yet because it's not as profitable as selling the songs individually. Also, there's NO WAY that 4.2 is as big a deal to Apple/Steve Jobs, as it is to you.

      Is it a day "I'll never forget?" Not by a long shot, but it is pretty big news anyway.

      You should know that the Beatles were responsible for the groundwork that made Michael Jackson, Madonna, Backstreet Girls, and pretty much every "pop" genre today even possible.
      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.

      Quote Originally Posted by nhreminh View Post
      I'm just curious what you all were expecting? Brand new iPhones for everyone? Free trips to Mars? A rub down by Jobs himself? Product releases are preceded by keynotes and software updates aren't given splash pages like this. You (yes, you) are pissed because you thought it was going to be a shiny new "something" or an updated "whatever" Congratulations...you drank the kool-aid. Here are your sneakers and track suit.
      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.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Maybe the splash page message yesterday was directed specifically at Yoko since she was so against this the entire time.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by lorderick70 View Post
      and Apple thought it was great ad or marketing?
      Worked perfectly! 10+ pages
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      By law, sure they have that right. I don't think others should be able to profit off of their art or steal lyrics/chords to pass off as their own. Beyond that, it becomes something of the public's. Nothing wrong with putting albums up for sale (album would basically be a reward for your donation) as one way (of many) that your fans may support you. Go perform the music and you shall be compensated for it.
      Let me in on your logic. Why isn't software a "public thing" but art is? They're both usually just a digital file you get enjoyment out of. Hell, a lot of software IS just art. All those entertainment apps like Pocket Pond and Uzu, why can't we just pirate those into the ground?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Tough for programmers to go on tour.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Well what the hell should stop bands from being able to sell their content online like developers do without it getting pirated? Why is a recording "the public's" anyway? I'm not getting it. Just because they can't pour their heart and soul into a live concert all the time it should be free? Bottom line: stealing is to take something without the owner's consent, 99% of all recorded music isn't free, you have to obtain it through ways the owner allows or it's stealing.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      You're right, it is stealing, and it is illegal. I didn't disagree with that.

      Honestly I don't care anymore. For me, I've poured more money into the music industry since I started pirating music through concerts, merchandise, occasional album purchases, etc., than I ever did in all the years of legitimately buying CDs. Perhaps that is why I don't feel guilty about it.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
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    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      It soo easy to buy cheap cd's/albums at yard sales, flea markets, close-outs, etc and rip ... no reason to steal
    1. Krazyfool88's Avatar
      Krazyfool88 -
      I hope you all know Apple doesn't care what you think about the Beatles, they're making money despite all your whining, bottom line. Check the iTunes charts.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Even then the money from those items bought there don't go to the artist directly. That is the big fuss right now in the video game industry. Trade-ins and used games.
    1. kingljrules's Avatar
      kingljrules -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      Anybody still bummed ACDC still isn't on iTunes?
      i am.
    1. Krazyfool88's Avatar
      Krazyfool88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      Anybody still bummed ACDC still isn't on iTunes?
      No, they're not good.