Apple Nov. 16 Announcement: Beatles on iTunes!
The Beatles are coming -- to iTunes! The Beatles and Apple overcame their years-long fight to offer the full Beatles catalog on iTunes. Read on to get all the details!
The Fab Four are invading again -- this time on iTunes. The Beatles on iTunes is the big Apple announcement for Nov. 16 and fans couldn't be more excited.
Big day for Beatles fans
The simple announcement on the iTunes site read: "The Beatles. Now on iTunes." A simple statement for something so huge.
"We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes," Apple founder Steve Jobs said in a statement. "It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we've had since we launched iTunes 10 years ago."
The Long and Winding Road he's referring to isn't the song -- it's the fight to get to this point. The Beatles have squabbled with Apple for years about offering their library on the site. Now, they've come to a (likely lucrative) agreement.
Beatles on iTunes
Thirteen remastered Beatles albums will be available for download on iTunes, along with a special digital box set. Each Beatles album will cost $12.99, double albums for $19.99 and will come with iTunes LPs, a mini-documentary about each album's recording process. Individual downloads will cost $1.29 each.
Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both shared their excitement over the deal.
"We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTune in a statement. "It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."
Starr echoed McCartney's statement with a funny comment on the years-long squabble.
"I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes," Starr said in a statement. "At last, if you want it — you can get it now — the Beatles from Liverpool to now. Peace and Love, Ringo."