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Apple says iTunes will sell music from Beatles

November 16, 2010

The Beatles are finally coming to the Internet.

Apple Inc. said Tuesday its iTunes service will start selling music from the Fab Four, in an agreement with the Beatles' recording label, EMI, and its management company, Apple Corps Ltd.

As of Tuesday, Apple will sell 13 remastered Beatles studio albums, the two-volume "Past Masters" set and the classic "Red" and "Blue" collections. People can download entire albums or buy individual songs.

For $149, Apple is also selling a special digital box set that includes a download of the 41-minute movie of the Beatles first U.S. concert, "Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964."

The Beatles had been the most prominent holdout from iTunes and other online music services. Apple Corps had resisted, and the situation was exacerbated by a long-running trademark dispute between Apple Inc. and Apple Corps. It was resolved in 2007 when the companies agreed on joint use of the apple logo and name, and many people saw that as paving the way for an agreement for online access to Beatles songs.

Until now, to listen to Beatles songs on iPods, you'd have to obtain a CD and "rip" an online version of it -- or find someone who already has, legalities aside.

Apple swapped out its home page design for a black and white image of the Beatles in silhouette.

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