Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple which owns iTunes said, “It’s been a long and winding road to get here”. Mr Jobs is a keen Beatles fan.
He said we are all “honoured and thrilled to welcome them here to iTunes”. Paul McCartney echoed the sentiment saying, “It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around,”
Ringo Starr, former drummer with the band said he was “relieved to finally have people stop asking him when the Beatles will be on iTunes”.
For years the Beatles record company Apple Corps have been in dispute with Steve Jobs’ Apple computer company – the dispute that was finally resolved in 2007. Paul McCartney intimated that part of the reason for the delay in getting its music onto iTunes was down to EMI.
The solo offerings of the fab four have always been available in iTunes but the Beatles catalogue has been highly conspicuous by its absence. But the Beatles have been involved to some extent into the digital music industry. Last year EMI released a flash drive USB shaped like an apple containing 14 of the band’s studio albums.
A video game called Beatles: The Rock Band was also released. The Beatles still remain the top selling rock band in the history of music.
The iTunes music store is the world’s biggest selling online store and has been operational for the past seven years now.
The Beatles albums are now available on iTunes for download at a cost of £10.99 ($17.99) and double albums are priced at £17.99 ($24.99). Individual songs are also available for just 99p ($1.62)