Another year, another Beatles/iTunes rumor
Take it for what it’s worth, but the WSJ is reporting that Apple has struck a deal with EMI and the surviving Beatles to release their catalog on iTunes:
Apple Inc. is preparing to announce that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation, a move that would fill in a glaring gap in the collection of the world’s largest music retailer.
The deal resulted from talks that were taking place as recently as last week among executives of Apple, representatives of the Beatles and their record label, EMI Group Ltd,, according to these people. These people cautioned that Apple could change plans at the last minute.
Spokesmen for Apple, EMI and Paul McCartney declined to comment.
Apple on Monday posted a notice on the home page of its iTunes Store that it would make “an exciting announcement” Tuesday morning.
First off, I’m a Beatles fan but I’m no sycophant. The first thing I did when I got my iPod was download my entire Beatles catalog, and I’m sure most Beatles fans did the same. If the catalog was available at midnight tonight, I don’t think I’d be paying to download songs I already have, even if they were Beatles songs. Maybe I’d stare at the iTunes screen for a bit, but that’s about it. Bottom line is, anyone who really wants Beatles music on their iPod so badly, would have bought the CDs and ripped them. End of story.
On its website, Apple is saying that an announcement for something is coming tomorrow and that “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget”. Here is a screenshot:
The tie in of course, is that McCartney released a tune called “Another Day” early in his solo career. But some people are reading way too much into that message, among other subliminal clues, although it would be cool if it came to fruition. As for me, nobody really knows what’s going down with Apple tomorrow. To wit, here is a Beatles tune that is a bit more relevant:
Just for the record, I would seriously consider a yellow Beatles iPod preloaded with the catalog.