EMI-Apple dead struck: still no Beatles online.

It looks like the Beatles’ download announcement was just not to be today.  Apple computers and EMI records however, did reach an agreement to release their music catalog without copy protection today in an exclusive deal however.  The Beatles’ work and catalog were not mentioned in this press release.  The big wigs did note that they were still hoping to make the Fab Four’s music available soon.

Hopefully they make them available sooner than later.  It seems for now that we all have to hold our breaths a little while longer until they sort things out.  Hopefully soon.  So sorry to build up the hype yesterday, but we are just really excited.  We’ll keep you posted as things progress.

Here’s what we’ve read.

EMI Group has agreed to make its music catalogue available through Apple Inc.’s iTunes store without copy protection.

Apple is the first online retailer to get the rights to sell the British music giant’s downloads.

“The new higher quality DRM-free music will complement EMI’s existing range of standard DRM-protected downloads already available,” EMI said in a statement on Monday.

“From today, EMI’s retailers will be offered downloads of tracks and albums in the DRM-free audio format of their choice in a variety of bit rates up to CD quality.”

But a long-awaited announcement that The Beatles would be part of Monday’s deal was not to be.

EMI and Apple said they were still hoping to make the Fab Four’s music available soon.

Beatles recordings have been distributed by EMI since the early 1960s. But the group’s own music company, Apple Corps, is a long-time holdout in making their songs available to Internet services.

The two Apples have also had a long legal battle over copyright to the name and logo. The dispute was recently settled, leading to speculation that Beatles music would soon be available on iTunes.

Apple Corps was founded by the Fab Four in 1968 and is still owned by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, the widow of John Lennon and the estate of George Harrison.

EMI’s other artists include The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Joss Stone.

Apple Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs said earlier this year urged the world’s four major record companies, including EMI, to start selling songs online without copy-protection software, known as DRM, for digital rights management.

DRM software is designed to thwart piracy but also makes using music cumbersome for many consumers.

Speaking at a joint news conference Monday, Jobs said Apple would now approach the other labels to seek similar agreements.

Source: CNN

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3 Responses

  1. Come on ITunes!! Get it done!

  2. I don’t understand that graphic. Isn’t change what the Beatles are all about? It’s very strange to see the one band who probably had the greatest impact on change from 1960 to 1970 under the title “unchanging.”

  3. It means that the status of the Beatles downloads is unchanged. There is no news to report.

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