Beatles Music Inching Ever Closer to iTunes

It's been almost two years since we first reported that the Beatles were digitally remastering their music catalogue in anticipation of making it available on iTunes and other digital music services. Since then, we've watched the Fab Four's surviving members, their estates and Apple Corps (the company that handles the business end of the Beatles' music) slowly inch toward that day.

It's been recently reported in the UK press that Paul McCartney has made a $400 million deal with Apple (the computer company) to distribute the Beatles' music on iTunes, removing one more major obstacle. There's long been talk that the Beatles' music would be available exclusively on iTunes, though it's likely that at some point it would also be made available on other digital outlets. As the Beatles' music is on the EMI label, it would be available DRM-free.

There is currently no date set for the catalogue's digital release.

As a side note, the Independent reported that UK bookmakers Ladbrokes are offering 3-1 odds on "Yesterday" becoming the Beatles' next number one on the charts, and that some estimates (it's unclear who's estimating here) suggest that a digital release of the complete Beatles oeuvre could have the group occupying all of the top 20 positions on the UK charts, something no one has ever done before. While I'm looking forward to digital Beatles music – I only have one so-so CD compilation of their #1 hits – I have to wonder how many people younger than, say, 30 are as enthusiastic about the news, and how many people already have Beatles music on CD and will just shrug when it happens.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Emru Townsend

PC Advisor
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?