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You would have thought every person who loved the Beatles already took their CD collection and ripped it to their hard drive, and that huge iTunes sales would need to wait for a new generation. Apparently not: with the Fab Four is on iTunes, consumers purchased two million Beatles singles, and another 450,000 albums, in the first week. According to Billboard, the best-selling album in the U.S. was "Abbey Road" and best-selling song was "Here Comes the Sun." Of course, as Media Memo points out, the Beatles on iTunes are far more valuable for Apple to use in ads, than actual sales may indicate. Clearly,... Read more...
Earlier in the week, Apple promised an announcement that the world would never forget. They probably shouldn't have said that, because by the end of this week, we suspect most people will have completely forgotten about this. There have been rumors over the years that Apple was considering a "subscription-based" iTunes plan similar to Microsoft's Zune Pass or the Rhapsody service. It would be a great move for iTunes; as of now, people have no monthly content rental options from Apple, and many would likely consider using a similar service from a respected company such as Apple. But that's not what... Read more...
The Beatles: Rock Band video game, which is scheduled to release on Sept. 9, will include previously unreleased tracks, according to a statement by Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison. In an interview with Billboard, Dhani Harrison said that the game will include "stuff that has never been heard, never been released," although he said he could not reveal specifics. He also added that it was he who sold the ideas to the various partners. This is in fact the first foray for The Beatles (as opposed to individual members) into the digital marketplace; Beatles music has never been available... Read more...
It was all very suspicious, an email in our inbox from MTV and the Beatles' Apple Corps.  It seemed to point to a "Rock Band" link.  But it was the Wall Street Journal that solidified things.  According to the all too familiar anonymous sources, we have a deal a-cooking.This is a major coup for MTV, getting the Beatles to sign onto Rock Band.  The Beatles join Aerosmith, Metallica, and Jimi Hendrix (Guitar Hero) and AC/DC (Rock Band)as the latest --- and biggest -- group to license its songs to a music-oriented video game.The Beatles represent the biggest prize to date in the... Read more...
Tired of playing Trogdor and Freebird over and over? Maybe help is on the way. Representatives of the remaining Beatles are in discussions with the makers of both the Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games. Activision and MTV Games are after a deal for the most sought-after catalog of music ever. A final deal would be worth several million dollars, according to a person familiar with the talks, and could be reached in a matter of weeks. However, it would have first to win the blessing of both Apple Corps, the company established by the band to oversee its business interests, and EMI, the UK music... Read more...
Sorry, Beatles fans: two sources are throwing cold water on rumors that Paul McCartney has sold the rights to the Beatles back catalog to iTunes.Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the joint venture owned by Sony and singer Michael Jackson, has thrown cold water on newspaper stories out of London that The Beatles catalog would soon be available on iTunes. A spokeswoman for Sony/ATV Music Publishing told CNET News.com that the reports are "untrue."Sony/ATV is a pretty good source. While EMI Group owns the recording rights to The Beatles catalog, Sony and Jackson own the rights to the vast majority of the... Read more...