Back catalogue becomes digital

Reports are emerging that The Beatles have added their back catalogue to iTunes.

They're the best selling group in the history of popular music, yet over the past decade fans of The Beatles have been unable to purchase a digital download of their back catalogue. Now it seems that a deal has finally been struck.

Apple Records hold the rights to The Beatles back catalogue, but have been at loggerheads with Apple Computers for decades. The two companies fell out over the use of the name, causing several law suits.

Negotiations had taken place over the past few years to bring The Beatles to iTunes, and it seems that these have been successful. The iTunes Europe store now boast a Fab Four influenced front page, featuring adverts for their music.

Containing the band's entire back catalogue, the news follows on from the recent re-mastering project. Last year The Beatles re-issued their studio albums followed an extensive sound engineering project at Abbey Road.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot says: “This is amazing news for music fans in the lead up to Christmas. Beatles fans – and fans of music of all ages – have wanted The Beatles’ classic repertoire to be available for download since digital music became a reality six years ago. The recent success of their remastered ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ greatest hits CDs showed that there is still lots of demand for their timeless music, 40 years after their split.

Meanwhile, the remaining members of The Beatles have celebrated their music reaching the internet. “We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes,” said Sir Paul McCartney. “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.”

“I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes,” said Ringo Starr. “At last, if you want it—you can get it now—The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo.”

The Beatles studio albums are available to download now.

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