Apple, EMI ink John Lennon deal for digital downloads.

It looks like the John Lennon is joining the ranks of ex-Beatles whose solo catalog is available online.  This has been a busy year for each member of the Beatles.  They have been slowly rolling out solo material in a digital format.  It’s not huge news to me.  I have all the albums, singles, and collections in CD format, but it is vital to the music that this material be available digitally with the push in current music to be released in this format.

The big thing with this announcement,to me,  means that they are slowly inching towards a re-release of The Beatle’s back catalog.  Hopefully that translates into a remaster of the catalog in the new format as well. 

Here’s what we’ve read.

iTunes to offer solo albums for first time 

John Lennon is making his debut on iTunes, starting today (Aug. 14).

With the blessing of Yoko Ono, EMI has struck a deal to make 16 of Lennon’s solo albums available for the first time via Apple’s download site.

“John would have loved the fact that his music will now be available in a format suited to a new generation of listeners,” Ono commented.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, “John Lennon is one of the greatest artists of our time. We’re thrilled to have his solo catalog available on the iTunes store for the first time.”

Among the albums being offered via iTunes are four collections — “Lennon Legend,” “Acoustic,” “Anthology” and “Working Class Hero” — plus “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,” “Sometime in New York City,” “Walls and Bridges” and “Milk and Honey.”

The music will be available DRM-free.

Source: Variety 

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One Response

  1. On iTunes it says they have exlcusive videos/songs. Does anybody know what they are? email me please aaroncapen@aaroncapen.com Thanks!

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