The Beatles and iTunes: Making sweet music together
- — 17 November, 2010 02:54
Apple finally reeled in The Beatles and put all 13 of their original studio albums on iTunes.
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The Beatles' albums are priced at $12.99 each. Individual songs cost $1.29, same as the highest price tier for best-selling tracks from other artists.
In addition to the studio albums, iTunes is selling three compilation discs for $19.99 each: Past Masters Vol. 1 & 2, the Red Album and the Blue Album. The entire catalog is available as an iTunes LP for $149, and includes a film of the band's first U.S. concert, "Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964."
An agreement to put The Beatles on iTunes -- or on any digital music store, for that matter -- seemed unthinkable. Apple's relationship with the band was rocky ever since Apple Corps, The Beatles' label, sued Apple Computer over trademark infringement in 1978. The companies eventually worked out their legal differences, but concerns over pricing and piracy kept The Beatles out of the digital download business.