Paul McCartney offers free music through iTunes

In case you didn’t know all the members of The Beatles solo work (except George Harrison) is available for download, or will be made available for download shortly.  I am surprised to hear the news that Paul McCartney is making this song available for free to the public.  You’d think he’d release some exclusive track, a new B-side or another live track as a free download.  It seems more his way of doing things as of late.

Just a month or so ago he offered up an exclusive iTunes download of the exclusive acoustic version of the track Dance Tonight with the download code coming through an ad in an issue of Rolling Stone magazine.  I am just surprised that this one isn’t some kind of new mix, or live track.  I guess Paul couldn’t have John steal the iTunes limelight with the recent announcement that his back catalog is now available digitally.  Maybe we’ll get another free downloadable track from when Ringo’s catalog goes digital too.

While we’re talking about the track Nod Your Head, check out on the videos posted on Paul’s youtube page for the song as well.  Enjoy!

Here’s what we’ve read.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is offering a free song and video through iTunes for one week only.

The song, Nod Your Head, is taken from McCartney’s recently-released Memory Almost Full album. The artist has also released the promotional video for the track.

Apple has released selected tracks recorded during McCartney’s performance at the iTunes Festival, too. Tracks include: Coming Up, Only Mama Knows, That Was Me, Jet, Nod Your Head, and House of Wax.

In a second slice of Beatles-related news, Apple has also confirmed last week’s report with the addition of a wide swathe of music and video from Ringo Starr – the first time music from the artist has been made available on a global basis.

EMI has introduced a new collection, Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr and also added four back catalogue albums to those available through iTunes, including Sentimental Journey, Beacoups of Blues, Ringo and Goodnight Vienna.

Earlier this month, music from another former Beatle, John Lennon, was made available through iTunes.

Sixteen of Lennon’s solo works from EMI Music were made available for the first time on iTunes, including the Lennon Legend and Acoustic collections and the albums: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Sometime In New York City, Walls and Bridges, Milk and Honey and the collections, Anthology and Working Class Hero.

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

Paul McCartney’s decision to offer free music through iTunes has been matched recently by another major league artist, Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen is currently offering his Radio Nowhere track for free through various global outlets.

The availability of music from all former Beatles bar George Harrison is likely to inflame speculation that The Beatles back catalogue will eventually be made available online.

For the present, all eyes will be looking to Apple’s special event on 5 September for further clues on this.

Source: MacWorld


One Response

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