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Beatles and itunes come together. A news roundup.

In our previous news post, announced that Apple and EMI are set to have a press conference with special guest Steve Jobs.  It is my gut feeling that we will hear an announcement as early as tomorrow. 

Here are a few news stories reporting on the press conference with Steve Jobs as guest at EMI.  We can’t wait for the announcement.

Here are some of the other reports we have read.

(Below) Source:CBC News

The presence of Apple honcho Steve Jobs at an EMI music label event Monday afternoon has prompted speculation that songs from the Beatles catalogue will soon be legally available online.

Jobs, the CEO of Apple Inc., is scheduled to speak to the media at the London headquarters of EMI, which has released music by the Beatles since 1962 and owns the band’s catalogue.

The launch of Apple’s iTunes online music store in 2003 helped trigger another round of lawsuits with Apple Corps., the record and media company formed in 1968 and owned by surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and the estate of the late George Harrison.

Representatives for the Beatles had argued that Apple Computer’s increasing forays into entertainment and music technology had breached a previous understanding reached by the two sides in the 1980s.

A settlement between the two Apples was reached last month. The technology giant received control of the Apple brand but agreed to license certain trademarks back to the record company for its continued use.

“We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks,” Jobs said in a statement at the time.

Apple Corps. has forcefully defended the group’s interests; in addition to preventing online sales, it has launched lawsuits against EMI, alleging unpaid royalties from previous record sales.

Ono has also filed an additional suit pertaining to a royalty dispute concerning Lennon’s solo work.

EMI’s release to the media for Monday’s event promised an “exciting new digital offering,” as well as a live performance by an unnamed artist or band.

(Below) Source: MacWorld UK

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will appear at a joint EMI and Apple press conference on Monday 2 April at 1pm.

Jobs will join EMI CEO Eric Nicoli at the event, which takes place at EMI’s London headquarters, according to invitations from the music company distributed to journalists on the afternoon of Sunday 1 April.

The invitation reads: “Please join EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli at EMI’s headquarters on Monday 2 April at 1pm London/8am New York time to hear about an exciting new digital offering, with special guest, Apple CEO Steve Jobs.”

A special live performance by an unannounced artist will also feature at the event, the invitation confirms.

This event takes place after months of rumours claiming that music from The Beatles will be made available through iTunes, but this speculation hasn’t yet been confirmed.


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