Solo McCartney downloads a no-show on itunes.

I don’t get it.  First, the McCartney solo catalog is listed to be released on itunes, then it is not.  I wish they would make up their minds already.  I guess the whole Beatles/Apple, Apple/Apple thing is just a hairy beast.  Personally, I really don’t care which online seller releases these beauties. I think the important step is simply releasing them online at all.  Yet, again another avenue that we all can find the music. 

I will hold out until the McCartney solo catalog is rereleased on CD.  I need that artifact, something to hold and scour over.  Besides, as I’ve stated here before, my hard drive has crashed way too may times in the past for me to be messing with purchased downloads.  I need a “hard copy.”  The whole mess of announcing the McCartney catalog online, but not on itunes, just seems to me to be a half-cocked, haphazard way of doing things.  It’s like they didn’t plan everything through, and they kind of look stupid.  It’s like the are missing the boat a bit, and they don’t have all of their ducks in a row.  Hopefully, the Beatles’ catalog and it’s digital release goes a little more smoothly. 

Here’s what we’ve read. 

Former Beatle’s 25-album catalog goes live on most digital music stores and subscription services, though iTunes has yet to add it.

Apple Inc., which made a big deal earlier this month about offering Paul McCartney’s 25-album catalog to its iTunes music store, was the odd man out Tuesday as most other online sellers and subscription services added the former Beatle to their portfolios.

In a press release May 15, Apple said: “Paul McCartney’s full catalog of 25 solo albums will be available for the first time digitally on iTunes later this month.”

On Tuesday, however, some or all of McCartney’s backlist went live on Napster LLCs’ Napster, RealNetworks Inc.’s Rhapsody, Viacom International Inc.’s Urge, and Microsoft Corp.’s Zune Marketplace. Rhapsody, a monthly subscription service, had all 25 McCartney albums on its site for real-time streaming, and was also selling tracks for its usual US$0.89 each.

McCartney’s catalog was to be a precursor to the Beatles backlist going digital — earlier this month, McCartney told Billboard magazine that a deal to sell Beatles tunes online was “virtually settled” — but some or all of those plans may have been held up by the agreement Monday of EMI Group, McCartney’s former label and the home of the Beatles, to a $4.7 billion acquisition by a private equity firm.

Apple did not respond to request for comment.

Source: PC World


3 Responses

  1. well,this is an unpleasant situation,i agree with who has written this article.honestly, there’s something wrong behind this choice but maybe time will make clear everything……i hope!and i hope even this choice won’t be the point of no-return.

  2. Sometimes I really wish all this on-line downloading business would just go away. After all, what’s the big deal? What are they going to offer me from either the Beatles or solo catalog that I am not already listening to?
    Oh yea, remastered mp3’s. So they polish up the songs and offer them in a sonicly inferior format. Look, anyone who bothers enough to visit a Blog such as this already has the CD’s. Just rip ’em and keep pushing for remastered box sets.
    Let’s move on…

  3. Amen Joefo! The only good thing I can think of coming from the release of tunes on-line is the release of stuff that record companies don’t want to go thru the trouble of releasing on CD such as takes 1-15 of a particular song. Wouldn’t that be cool? I would settle for a 128 kb mp3 download of the 27-minute “Helter Skelter” than to never have it out here at all. It would be a huge money-maker for the companies!

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