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Beatles and Apple reach an agreement.

Well there was no Superbowl commercial or some glitzy announcement, but it looks like the two sides of Apple have finally come to some kind of terms.  It appears that a deal has been struck regarding the use of the Apple name, as well as some kind of music deal.  This is a win-win for fans who, we assume, can see a HUGE resurgence of all things Beatles here in 2007.   Digital downloads, remastered CD’s…it’s going to be an exciting time to be a Beatle fan.  Hopefully part of the Appl deal was for that exclusive ipod.   I know a few people who would buy them.  There are so many news links on this story, that I will post one story below, and several links as well.  Happy reading!

Some articles about the Apple/Apple settlement, and the impact it will have on fans

  • 3 Ways The Beatles May Change Appl and ipod. (ilounge)

  • Apple and Beatles Settle Trademark Squabble. (Eweek)

  • Beatles Could Take Over the 10 Ten (Lifestyle Extra)

  • Jobs wins Control Over Apple Brand (Fox News)

Here’s what we’ve read.

The Beatles have reached an agreement with technology giant Apple, ending a 25-year dispute over the use of the Apple name. Apple Inc will now assume full control of the Apple brand, but they have agreed to licence certain trademarks back to the Beatles record company Apple Corps for continued use. Apple Inc chief executive Steve Jobs says, “We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks.

It feels great to resolve this in a positive manner, and in a way that should remove the potential of further disagreements in the future.” The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. It is not known whether the Beatles have agreed to sell their music on Apple Inc’s iTunes download store as part of the deal.

Source: Contact Music


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