The Beatles Launch Exclusive Ringtones Through iTunes Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Continuing their close relationship with the iTunes Store following a landmark deal to launch their music in the store in late 2010, The Beatles today announced the release of their first official ringtones, available exclusively through the iTunes Store.
    The 30-second ringtones are priced at $1.29 each, and the full list of available ringtones includes: "Love Me Do", "From Me to You", "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Can't Buy Me Love", "A Hard Day's Night", "I Feel Fine", "Eight Days a Week", "Ticket to Ride", "Help!", "Yesterday", "Day Tripper", "We Can Work It Out", "Paperback Writer", "Yellow Submarine", "Eleanor Rigby", "Penny Lane", "All You Need Is Love", "Hello, Goodbye", "Lady Madonna", "Hey Jude", "Get Back", "The Ballad of John and Yoko", "Something", "Come Together", "Let It Be", and "The Long and Winding Road".


    Apple and The Beatles have an extensive history together, dating back to disputes over the Apple name that The Beatles have long used for their business ventures. As Apple moved into the music business, the two sides came into conflict over the trademark, eventually leading to a 2007 agreement that saw Apple obtain all rights to the trademark and license it back to The Beatles for their specific uses.

    Following the November 2010 addition of The Beatles to the iTunes Store, Apple has prominently featured the band's music at times. The Beatles published an exclusive free animated e-book of Yellow Submarine on the iBookstore last year, and Apple accompanied that release with a dedicated television commercial of its own focusing on The Beatles.

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  2. clibinarius macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2010
    For the price of a song, you can buy a preview. Score.
  3. jon1987 macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    Looks like Apple are really pushing the Beatles brand at the moment. I wander what comes next?
  4. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    i don't get it. ringtones are basically easy to create. and charge 1,29 $?
  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Awesome! $1.29 for a 30 second song. Totally worth it!
    Good thing I can't just buy the whole song for $1.29 and make a free ringtone in Garageband...
  6. hobo.hopkins macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2008
    That price does seem hard to justify when ringtones are so easily created outside of iTunes. Although for people who don't know how, at least this is an option (albeit pricey).
  7. JangoFett124 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2002
    I have to pay for a song, and then pay the same amount to play a short version of the same song at a specific time (when I get a phone call). How do they justify this?
  8. Mad-B-One macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2011
    San Antonio, Texas
    So, I bought the the whole album "1" for $9.99 and if I want to have a 30sec snipplet of it as a ringtone, I have to pay $1.29 for it? For the same music I am licensed to use to my discression? Thanks, Apple! Not gonna happen. Where are the times where I could use my "dumb phone" and just put any mp3 song as ringtone? *sigh* :confused:
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  10. tinkafoo macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2009
    I hope they offer this:

    "number 9.. number 9.. number 9.."
  11. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Instead of paying the ringtone "stupid tax" you can just make one yourself from any track in iTunes.
  12. nordicappeal macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I'm still using the default ringtone after using the iPhone for three years :)

    It fun because there will always be two or three others looking for their iPhone when mine ring - and the other way around :)
  13. acidfast7 macrumors 65816


    Nov 22, 2008
    "news and rumors that[sic] you care about"

    NOT so much
  14. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    from mind expanding drugs, the maharishi, and Lennon's social struggles and give peace a chance to ringtones for effing mobile phones with two dead members and the other two Septuagenarian... Just put the damn songs in the public domain already, haven't they and their offspring made enough money already that they need to sell ringtones? tstststs
  15. jon1987 macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    Oh does it really matter? Did you really teach me anything today?
  16. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2010
    Surprised we didn't get a "HUGE APPLE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD ON 2-22-12" announcement about this a couple weeks ago.
  17. mentholiptus macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2009
    Cheapskates. It's cheaper than most beverages. Don't buy one if you can't afford it. For a lot of people, this is probably easier than creating their own.
  18. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Fixed. ;)

    - Get Info on a song, set a Start - End range in the song for the part you want as a ringtone
    - Set the exporter to AAC
    - Right-Click : "Create AAC Version"
    - Right-Click the new 30 second song - "Show in Finder".
    - Copy it to desktop
    - Delete if from iTunes and from the disk (not your copy on the desktop).
    - Get Info on the original song, remove the Start and End range.

    Go to the desktop and :

    - Rename the 30 second song, changing its extension from m4a to m4r.
    - Import into iTunes.

    Congratulations on your free ringtone.
  19. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
  20. thetobster12345 macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2007
    obviously this is an awful deal because that's the same price as the full songs. but i am sure that it will make apple a ton of money because the average person does not know how to make their own ringtones/doesn't care enough to do it themself
  21. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
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    I've had Beatles ringtones for months thanks to the Ringtone Designer app. I think I paid a buck or two for the app so it wasn't free either, but it works flawlessly.

    I wish Apple would get away from a nickel and diming practice like this. I pay a premium for Apple hardware because I think it's the best. However, I won't pay an Apple premium on a ringtone, for crying out loud!
  22. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Cheapskates? If you can do something easily, and still not have to pay any money, why wouldn't you do it yourself?
  23. Boisv macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2012
    With a little know-how it's simple to turn any song into a ringtone. Obviously these are here for people without know-how, people who aren't tech savy and would rather just buy one. Some people are willing to pay for that convenience and I understand that. The same can be said for buying Beatles songs from iTunes in the first place since one can easily find a bit torrent of the Beatles' entire discography. People who aren't going to figure that out are instead going to pay more for convenience.

    I do feel bad that these people are getting charged $1.29 for a ringtone. $0.50 would be more appropriate. They're basically paying full price for a preview.

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