George Harrison comes to iTunes

All four Beatles solo catalogs are now available via iTunes. It is official folks. I know a lot of you simply do not care about the prospect of downloading your music, and most prefer a concrete music buying experience. Now, there are more options.

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This is the last holdout on the digital front for Beatle material. I believe, and this is simply pure speculation, that this will simply expedite the process of finally seeing those long-rumored Beatle remasters. They simply weren’t going to put them out unless they could be made available digitally. Call the solo catalogs a dry run for the grand daddy. We wouldn’t see the remastered Fab tunes until all four were available online first. For now, download your favorite solo tunes, all of them, and wait for the Beatles tunes to filter out. Great news indeed.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Apple’s iTunes service this morning added an extensive catalogue of music from another Beatle, the late George Harrison.

The front page of the iTunes UK site now carries a pane advertising the addition of the artist’s catalogue: “George Harrison, catalogue and exclusives, just added,” the pane declares.

Cicking on the link leads fans to a page offering just one single track, but Apple sources this morning told Macworld UK that access to further material by the artist “has just been switched on”. This means access to the music is likely to unfold during the day, as the system propagates itself.

The move to make George Harrison’s music available through iTunes means Apple’s service now offers music from all four Beatles: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Harrison. The move also makes it far more likely that music from The Beatles will soon be made available through iTunes.

Speaking earlier this year, the widow of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison, explained that agreements to make music from The Beatles available through online music services were being made, but warned that fans of the Liverpool band may have to wait until next year until the process is put into effect.

In related news, iTunes is also making an album featuring the music of John Lennon available. The album, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, features cover versions of tracks taken from Lennon’s seminal Instant Karma album and is a fundraising venture on behalf of Amnesty International’s campaign to promote international action to protect the afflicted population of Darfur.

Music from Lennon’s album is performed by a range of artists, including Aerosmith, Ben Harper, Green Day and many more (66 performances in total).

The move to make Harrison’s music available legally online for the first time comes just one week after Radiohead’s high-profile move to make its new album available to fans online on a “pay what you like” basis. It also follows The Charlatan’s recent decision to make the new album available for free download through the XFM website.

The battle for digital may have reached a critical point, but industry logjams remain, as shown by the $222,000 fine imposed against a file-sharer last week for the illegal sharing of 24 music tracks.

Source: MacWorld UK

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4 Responses

  1. So, uh, where exactly is Harrison’s Dark Horse album?

    I don’t see it anywhere on iTunes.

    Also, where’s Ringo’s Stop And Smell The Roses, Old Wave, Ringo the 4th, Ringo’s Rotogravure, and Time Takes Time?

    Why is everyone saying the solo Beatles catalogs are complete on iTunes when they are so clearly not?

  2. Well that’s good news!

  3. The Harrison catalog will take a few days to roll out completely. It’s not all there yet, but will be. It just takes a day or two two completely update.

  4. Cicking on the link leads fans to a page offering just one single track, but Apple sources this morning told Macworld UK that access to further material by the artist “has just been switched on”. This means access to the music is likely to unfold during the day, as the system propagates itself.

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