It's Official -- The Fab Four Come To iTunes
Big Sales Expected For Christmas
November 16, 2010 at 6:53 AM (PT)
It's official. iTUNES unveiled THE BEATLES this morning, with tracks from all of the band's albums available for purchase individually or as a complete iTUNES LP. ALL ACCESS had uncovered the tracks ahead of the 10a announcement, at 9:30a ET.
Full albums run $12.99 for an iTUNES LP, with individual tracks available for $1.29 each. The entire BEATLES box set can also be purchased for $149.
YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 11/15) ALL ACCESS reported that APPLE was expected to announce this news.
Sales Should Help EMI
The addition of THE BEATLES, on APPLE RECORDS through CAPITOL/EMI, to the iTUNES store is expected to be a much-needed boost for EMI MUSIC, which has recently been in the news over financial difficulties and a lost lawsuit against CITIGROUP (NET NEWS 11/4).
Industry insiders expect solid sales over the next four weeks leading to CHRISTMAS.
Who Still Won't Sell Their Music On iTunes?
While THE BEATLES were, by far, the most glaring omission in the iTUNES library, a handful of other major acts have refused to put their catalog on iTUNES, primarily because they don't want individual tracks sold. According to CNETNEWS.COM, the most notable hold-outs include GARTH BROOKS, AC/DC, KID ROCK, BOB SEGER, TOOL and DEF LEPPARD.