iTunes Now Caters to Beatles Fans
Article by George Norman
On 22 Nov 2010
The Beatles are without a doubt one of the best known bands in history. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Proof of that is the fact that since the 1960s the band has sold more than 600 million records, tapes and CDs. The Beatles 1, a compilation album released back in 2000, sold more than 31 million copies – it is the best selling CD of the decade worldwide. How many other artists can boast such impressive sales figures?

It is a wonder then why the Beatles were not available on Apple’s iTunes Store. I used the past tense (“were not available”) because this is no longer the case – as of November 2010, iTunes is home to all 13 Beatles studio albums. Beatles fans now have access the group’s 13 legendary remastered studio albums with iTunes LPs, the two-volume “Past Masters” compilation and the classic “Red” and “Blue” collections.


Single songs go for $1.29 each, single albums go for $12.99 each, and double albums go for $19.99 each. The special digital “Beatles Box Set” that contains all 13 remastered studio albums with iTunes LPs and all mini-documentaries, “Past Masters,” and the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film, goes for $149.

“The Beatles and iTunes have both been true innovators in their fields,” said EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon. “It’s a privilege for everybody at EMI to work with Steve Jobs and with Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones and their teams in marking a great milestone in the development of digital music.”

“We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s Chief Executive Officer. “It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we’ve had since we launched iTunes ten years ago.”

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