Report: Apple Corps Readies Beatles Catalogue For Availability Online
April 13, 2006 at 2:08 PM (PT)
REUTERS is reporting that the BEATLES are getting ready to offer their music via legal digital downloads for the first time, citing a written statement to the High Court in LONDON by former BEATLES road manager and APPLE CORPS Managing Dir. NEIL ASPINALL that says the songs are being remastered and "I think it would be wrong to offer downloads of the old masters when I am making new masters.... It would be better to wait and try to do them both simultaneously so that you then get the publicity of the new masters and the downloading, rather than just doing it ad hoc."
A spokesman for APPLE CORPS confirmed the statement and said that the company is preparing online BEATLES offerings with "no firm date on any of this at the moment." The BEATLES have yet to offer legal digital downloads of their music; the band and APPLE CORPS is suing computer maker and iTUNES operator APPLE over the use of the APPLE name and logo for iTUNES, with a decision pending.
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