Paul McCartney tells Billboard.com that he's "pretty sure" the Beatles catalog will finally be available online in 2008. "The whole thing is primed, ready to go," he's quoted as saying on the magazine's website. "It's down to fine-tuning, but I'm pretty sure it'll be happening next year."
The long-awaited move has been expected after the arrival of each of the Fab Four's solo catalog's went online this year.
Earlier this year, however, McCartney and Ringo Starr told The Times that it was unlikely the Beatles' master recordings would be given a full sonic upgrade when they ultimately become available for download. That suggests fans who have been clamoring for remastering or remixing of the 20-year-old masters used for the Beatles albums issued on CD in 1987 will have to keep waiting.
-- Randy Lewis