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Is Apple planning a Superbowl Beatles ad?

The rumor-mill is churning about all of the latest Beatles’ remaster news.  Apple (the computer people) may have exclusiev digital distribution rights on a short-term basis for The Beatles catalog, and an announcement if forthcoming.  With all of the hype surrounding the digital releases of the Fab Four, I haven’t heard much in the way of CD releases and what that would entail.  Interesting, and exciting news.  It looks like The Beatles will get to be one of the half-time acts at the Superbowl after all these years…HA HA.

Here’s what we’ve read.

There will, of course, be a football game played on Feb. 4. But we all know half the audience just watches the Super Bowl for the ads, and that’s something Apple might be counting on.

The Toronto Sun reported Wednesday that Apple could be ready to announce a three-month deal for Beatles songs on iTunes via a commercial during this year’s Super Bowl. Beatles songs have not been available on iTunes while Apple and Apple Records–The Beatles’ label–have tussled in court over a trademark dispute. To this point, The Beatles have actually resisted any online music service, but a report last year said that the songs would become available online after they had been remastered.

Rumormongers got this latest one started following CEO Steve Jobs’ Macworld keynote last week, when he played “Lovely Rita” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on Apple’s iPhone. The cover art for that album was also shown on the iPhone during the keynote.

Apple has used Super Bowl ads to make a big splash in the past, perhaps most famously with its “1984” ad. That Super Bowl was also the last time the currently hapless Oakland Raiders won the big game, which makes us feel really old and probably makes Al Davis cry.

Source: news.com

You can read additional news about the Superbowl ad here.


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