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John, Paul, George, and Ringo head to iTunes

Yesterday, Apple made a big deal about an "exciting announcement"  for Tuesday. Speculation was running rampant about whether the announcement would be in regards to iTunes music streaming or possibly an official release of iOS 4.2 for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

As the day came to a close, the WSJ had all but confirmed that the “big” announcement would be that The Beatles catalog would be coming to iTunes. And sure enough, at 10AM EST today Apple made it official.

All of The Beatles' studio albums are available on iTunes for $12.99 a piece, or you can download the entire box set for $149.

To me, this is a rather boring and inconsequential announcement. Sure, it might be a big deal to Apple to have the Beatles on iTunes, but for most Beatles fans, they already have the music on either vinyl or CD. And for those that didn't already have Beatles music, they could have just as easily walked into Best Buy to buy the albums, then rip them straight to their computer using iTunes or any other ripping software.


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This is BIG news!
By Flunk on 11/16/2010 11:24:21 AM , Rating: 5
Or it would have been 5 years ago, before Apple took over the electronic music distribution racket. By this point, the Beatles were pretty much the only artist you couldn't get on iTunes so everyone who wanted their music bought it on CD and ripped it already.

RE: This is BIG news!
By AlexWade on 11/21/2010 10:01:04 PM , Rating: 2
This may introduce a new audience to a day when music was good and not made to conform by greedy record labels who only promote bands that sound alike and then cut them off before they can get a contract that actually allows them to make money on records all the while blaming everybody but themselves for poor album sales. I miss the 90's, that was the last time the music on the radio was still good, although it was going downhill then. Fortunately, there are many good indie bands.

Still you can't call yourself a Beatles fan unless you have, at least, the CD's. My dad used to play his original Beatles vinyl albums when I was young, and now I love the Beatles. Revolution Number 9 used to give me nightmares. Actually, it still gives me nightmares. "Number 9 ... Number 9 ... "

RE: This is BIG news!
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 11/29/2010 1:52:14 PM , Rating: 2
This may introduce a new audience to a day when music was good

Beatles music has always been around in all other formats. If you require iTunes to exclusively expand your collection, you may have serious problems (and possibly a steve jobs fetish).

the biggest dissapointment..
By Silver2k7 on 11/18/2010 4:41:28 PM , Rating: 2
with itunes is that it doesn't play .flac file *bleh*

this is atleast my biggest reason for not even bothering with their software, its totally useless, if it does not play the files ive already have.

RE: the biggest dissapointment..
By cmdrdredd on 11/21/2010 10:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
and what good is .flac? What does it do that another format will not do? It won't even play in most portable media players. You can claim the quality etc etc is better but there is a reason digital players standardized on mp3 because it offers a better compromise in terms of file size to quality ratio.

As for the beatles, this is irrelevant today. They are popular with certain ex-hippie groups and tree huggers but generally anyone who gave a crap about them in the first place downloaded everything they wanted for free.

RE: the biggest dissapointment..
By sprockkets on 11/22/2010 6:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
The least Apple could do is provide it in Apple lossless, which every ipod supports.

Apple has a lossless format.
Microsoft has one.
There are like a dozen of them.
Flac is the best.

But since each one of these people subscribe to the mantra of "Not invented here" crap, we has this issue to begin with.

RE: the biggest dissapointment..
By dananski on 11/26/2010 7:55:37 AM , Rating: 2
All lossless formats are the same quality by definition and on average compress music about the same amount. Flac should be the best supported because it's open-source. Unfortunately Microsoft and Apple make money from their own lossless codecs so they aren't going to put much effort into their products supporting flac.

How is that newsworthy?
By therealnickdanger on 11/16/2010 11:30:23 AM , Rating: 2
Apple sure does run the gamut, don't they?

Even for those that haven't copied their media to MP3 format, I'm sure the majority have done the following:

RE: How is that newsworthy?
By Klinky1984 on 11/22/2010 12:48:58 AM , Rating: 2
By kattanna on 11/16/2010 1:25:06 PM , Rating: 4
well... have to say you hit the spot on that point of the subject

RE: “Yawn”
By artemicion on 11/23/2010 7:06:57 PM , Rating: 2
Sorta begs the question why Brandon bothered to post this bit of "news" when he explicitly dismisses it as boring and inconsequential.

TOMORROW: "*YAWN* McDonald's McRib is Back. And the COMPLETE List of Things Brandon Isn't Interested In."

But it's my favorite band!
By nafhan on 11/16/2010 1:45:08 PM , Rating: 2
...says Mr. Jobs.
Seriously, check out Apple's website right now. It's kind of nauseating. I like the Beatles, but there is such a thing as overdoing it.

RE: But it's my favorite band!
By MrBlastman on 11/16/2010 3:20:49 PM , Rating: 3
In Steve's eyes, he can never overdo it. That is Steve's philosophy--beat them into submission with marketing hype and they will come! Product and quality be darned!

praise be to steve jobs!
By djkrypplephite on 11/29/2010 12:43:26 AM , Rating: 2
thank god they've finally put it on there. i refused to listen to the beatles unless apple had branded it. i wasn't sure how much longer i could hold out. there's never been any alternative to buy music other than itunes, now we can finally listen to the beatles off the radio. this is simply amazing, great work apple.

RE: praise be to steve jobs!
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 11/29/2010 1:45:49 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly what I was thinking. But I do believe Apple/iTunes is the first with 'permission' to distribute any Beatles tune in general, which I guess gives them some sort of clout. It also makes the apple elites stick their noses up even higher.

Luckily for me, I listen to Megadeth using any gizmo I want!! BTW: Your login name is awesome... and even more awsome if you really are a DJ using that name!!

By sprockkets on 11/18/2010 12:18:42 PM , Rating: 3
Great! Now I can add these digital files to my collection of lp records, single records, original release CDs!

I can't wait to see what the resale value is in 50 years!

Hail Jobs!
By The Insolent One on 11/16/2010 3:56:54 PM , Rating: 2
...and the mighty Jobs asks, "Are you not entertained?"

Box set?
By ZaethDekar on 11/22/2010 1:21:23 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Why do they call it a box set? Does itunes send you a package that is in a box? No. They should just call it a 'bundle'. You can buy the 'beatles bundle' for $149. Sounds better to me.

It's BIG News Because ,,,
By Midnight Rambler on 12/8/2010 9:14:19 AM , Rating: 2
of the historical Apple (Records) vs. Apple (Computer) bad blood.

But then I wouldn't expect peeps who think that the Beatles are only for tree huggers and old hippies to actually know anything about them ...

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser
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