Sir Paul McCartney has blamed record label EMI for The Beatles back catalogue not being available on iTunes.
As recording artists, The Beatles stood at the forefront of technology. Pushing primitive recording studios to the limit, the band’s own Apple label invested heavily in new types of musical equipment.
Which makes it all the more bizarre that the band’s material is not available for digital purchase. A series of legal wrangles have kept The Beatles away from iTunes, with Sir Paul McCartney recently blaming record label EMI.
Speaking to BBC Newsbeat the singer insisted that “one day it’s going to happen.”
“To tell you the truth I don’t actually understand how it’s got so crazy,” he said. “I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it’s going to happen.”
Continuing, the music legend insisted that the delay has been down to “business hassles”. Sir Paul McCartney blamed “the people in the middle, the record label. There have been all sorts of reasons why they don’t want to do it.”
“We get so played and noticed and tributed as The Beatles that I’m not complaining” McCartney added.
The Beatles back catalogue was re-issued last year, with a special edition of ‘Rock Band’ allowing fans to act out the Fab Four’s most iconic moments.
Meanwhile, EMI have issued a statement claiming that “discussions are ongoing” and that they “would love to see The Beatles’ music available for sale digitally.”
Coincidentally, Sir Paul McCartney recently left the confines of EMI shifting his entire solo back catalogue to an independent label.