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Sorry Beatles Fans, You Still Can't Download Hits From iTunes

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Yoko Ono is warning fans that a deal to allow Beatles songs to be downloaded from iTunes is nowhere near complete.

The widow of John Lennon says that she, along with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison's widow Olivia, are "holding out" until an appropriate agreement is made.

It seems odd that you still can't download Beatles songs from iTunes, however EMI and the band's surviving members have failed to make an agreement with Apple to make their hits available digitally.

Earlier this year, McCartney blamed EMI execs for the delay, but is still hoping that the "crazy" situation will be resolved.

Meanwhile, Ono says, "(Apple CEO) Steve Jobs has his own idea and he's a brilliant guy. There's just an element (of the deal) that we're not very happy about, as people. We are holding out. Don't hold your breath… for anything."


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28 comments to “Sorry Beatles Fans, You Still Can't Download Hits From iTunes”

  1. 1

    They're only hurting themselves. The people who want the music will find it illegally regardless. Not having it readily available on Itunes simply prevents both parties from collecting money. S T U P I D

  2. 2

    what a shame

  3. 7tizz says – reply to this


    People still care about the Beatles in 2010? Did the medeocre sales of the latest videogame that should have been a major hit not clue Yoko in that we don't really care about them anymore?

  4. 4

    Thats okay I still managed to get them for free.

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  6. 6

    Yat everyday  Ym yn 46 ms. Been thinking about 25. ;) . Nrhwywi. Ywlmstwi.  Stwims. 

  7. 7

    I've got all the beatles songs on my ipod lol

  8. 8

    I luv John Lennon

  9. 9

    You know I wanted to buy one of their songs last week on itunes and it wasn't there and am like where the hell are their songs? lol. They need to work out a deal b/c for a second I was going to download it illegally I mean they are almost asking for it people do have limewire etc.,

  10. 10

    They're just holding out for more money, greedy bitches.

  11. 11

    Idiots still PAY for music??? Jeez! Just get it from Limewire or from other free site 4 cryin out loud! That Chink has enuf of Lennon's dough!!!

  12. Jaded says – reply to this


    That's okay you can download them fro free everywhere else. I'm that person that looks for it on iTunes first and if I can't find it… file sharing here I come.

  13. 13

    Meh, people can(and will) still just download the songs illegally anyway. But I can't understand why they wouldn't atleast want to give their fans the opportunity to purchase the music legally through itunes

  14. 14

    John Lennon looks cute in that picture.

  15. 15

    Yoko thinks she's sticking it to Steve Jobs, but she's cutting off her nose to spite her face by walking away from the revenue stream that iTunes would bring. Then again, she's not the one who earned it.

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  17. 17

    Here's the thing about iTunes. The artists and the record company get NOTHING from the downloads. That's all money for Apple. That's why the Beatles, Led Zepellin and other artists won't allow their work on ITunes without getting properly paid. Yes, people can download for free, but they got the original source from a CD or a cassette or an album, which the artists originally made money. The Beatles will make money, regardless (use of songs in movies, TV, commercial, etc).

    Apple needs to stop being cheap fucks. I won't get an iPhone because I hate ATT and REFUSE to be forced to use a carrier I don't want.

  18. 18

    Um … sorry bitch. Beatles fans have all of their music without having to pay you or MJ for it. So eat shit and die.

  19. 19

    wow… that ono and macca are money mongers. don't they have enough already??? shouldn't they be flattered that new generations are even interested in the Beatles???

  20. 20

    Dealing with the devil. Anyway how much more mileage can you get out of an engineered phenomenon of 50 years ago?

  21. 21

    awww, i really want to get some of their songs on itunes. :(

  22. 22

    If they wait too long it'll be in the public domain - or it should be.

  23. 23

    I solved this problem by purchasing the box set last year. You can get every single song in their library. It ends up being right around what you'd pay to download them. Plus, I have CDs now too.

    …and really, no one here really knows why they haven't reached an agreement. So you can't really say it's the fault of Yoko or any of them.

  24. 24

    Yoko Ono destroyed the Beatles once, and she's trying to prevent us from listening to their music without more money going in her pocket. She wouldn't even sell Paul the rights to "Yesterday," when he nicely asked her, even though he wrote that song totally by himself and it was very dear to him.

  25. 25

    Who cares? Aren't the songs like 50 years old or something. Will they release them on 33' albums next?

  26. 26

    Re: JimmyStewartLover – 100 % right.

  27. 27

    You guys are IDIOTS if you think it' just about money–it's public knowledge that the quarrel is about the the association of Apple Records (formed in 1968) with iTunes (formed many YEARS later). The Beatles catalogue is contained by Apple records, and as of the last time reps for Apple and Apple Records got together, no amicable agreement could be reached, as legally standing, Apple Records feels that they have a superior claim to the Apple title. Over 25 major recording artists, the Beatles included, were signed under the Apple label, and their holdings were enormous.
    7tizz-if you want to know if people still care about the Beatles in 2010-one only has to look at the collective personal fortunes of Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the MASSIVE fortune left to George Harrison's son-something over 300,000 pounds sterling, as well as the collective impact they have had on popular culture and music. Even if you hate the Beatles (which it sounds like you do) they have affected everything you know about music (like it or not).
    I think it is more a matter of principle that Apple Records will not submit to Apple Computers-as much as I love Mac products, and have for years. If you own something first, you shouldn't have to give that identity and association up to someone else two decades later. And for that, I admire them.

  28. 28

    Dear lord… they already have so much money… how much more do they want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.