Beatles Exclusively on iTunes?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Fortune reports that Apple may be close to bringing the Beatles music catalog online exclusively through iTunes.

    Other music stores such as MSN and Rhapsody have reportedly courted the Beatles over the years, but with little success. David Munns, head of EMI North America, was recently cited as saying that the Beatles would be available online "soon".

    The details of the deal are still being worked out, according to the article:

    If a deal is established, this would be interesting conclusion to a history of legal disputes between Apple Computer and Apple Corps (Beatles company). The most recent outcome favored Apple Computer's use of the Apple logo in association with the iTunes store.
  2. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
  3. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Sweet! I have a shortage of my favorite Beatles songs on my iPod. Most of my Beatles CDs had at least one scratch that prevented proper ripping into iTunes.

    Apple, you have that fixed in iTunes yet? I'd like to see the Cancel button actually work and also the ability to selectively rip or bypass any one song I want to on my disk.
  4. jholzner macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    You can do that now. Put in a CD and deselect the check mark to the left for any song you don't want ripped. I do it all the time.
  5. thworple macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2005
    Sussex, England
    Cue iTunes promo with "Come Together" as the soundtrack! (Or maybe "The Long and Winding Road")
  6. woxel1 macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2004
  7. b3beater macrumors member


    Feb 8, 2006
    I bet those four people who bought a Zune are going to be pissed! :eek:
  8. Case-sensitive macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2006
    Lets hope they remaster them - the stereo effects on the original versions can be really painful on a pair of headphones.
  9. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Thanks, I'll try that. I've always had to hit the "burn" button and then select or deselect the songs AFTER the disk was ripped. Of course, I often don't know which song has the scratch until I've tried to rip the whole disk, but at least I'll be able to save the rest of the songs.
  10. b3beater macrumors member


    Feb 8, 2006
    While it can seem weird by todays standards... I think it's great to be able to critically listen to them as originally recorded to see what fantastic work and pioneers they were in the studio arena.
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Yes, like *this* will push them over the edge. They were doing fine with their clunky rubber-buggy brown players with four-way jog wheels, no PFS support, and installation failures, but when the Beatles aren't available, god will they suffer! :D

    I could care less about the Beatles, but if this means the whole "Apple" issue is amicably and finally resolved, then I think it's outstanding. :)
  12. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Ain't that the truth! Anyone actually seen someone using one of these yet?
  13. steelfist macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2005
    It would be great to have the beatles on itunes this way. although i'm not a fan nor a hippie. :(
  14. Case-sensitive macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2006

    Good point, well made. :)

    (still freaks my ears out when using headphones mind :D)
  15. eazyway macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2003

    I believe that they have been working on remastering the entire collection for a while now. That would produce a really nice iTunes addition.
  16. archurban macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    it's great news as a fan:)

    yesterday I went to local record shop, found Beatles new album 'Love'. total 26 songs on it. sound is great. you'd better get this. for Beatles version of ipod? I must get this as well. sure, it will be beautiful touch screen video ipod with beatlesish color. yam.:D
  17. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    This would be great but I honestly can't see it happening. Apple Corps surely have some pride?
  18. flanfan macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2006
    Actually I have at work. He's a rich kid who owns an iPod as well, but decided to get a Zune because he was "curious." It was a brown one, and (what a surprise) wasn't even being used. It gets more use as a paperweight.
  19. Squonk macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2005
    Oh there are soooo many good songs for the promo's:

    Ticket to Ride
    We can work it out
    I want to hold your hand
    Let it be
    Please please me
    You've got to hide your love away
    Revolution **** My guess for an early promo!
    You never give me your money
    Don't pass me by

    BRING IT!!! :D
  20. hamholio macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2006


    For one, they would have to be remixed to fix whatever you find wrong with them.

    And then -- I can't figure out what you're talking about. I have no problems listening to any Beatles albums in Stereo. They're perhaps wider stereo soundstages than you'd find today (where albums mostly play the same GD thing out of both channels) -- but that makes them sonically interesting, not unlistenable.
  21. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    money talks is right. i hope it happens though
  22. sparks9 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2003
    What is this zune?
  23. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Apple Corps did say that the Beatles tracks would be cleaned up before download releases were made.

    The cheesy stereo on some of the early tracks may seem odd to current-day listeners, but on the other hand, mashup hobbyists must love it :)
  24. miketcool macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    If I recall, the way the Beatles recorded, it was almost overkill. It should be intersting to see if they remaster it to optimize it for compressed digital. Otherwise, I really love listening to every sound that the recordings have picked up as I listen to the fab four on a 30 LP.

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