No Beatles Downloads Anytime Soon
If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to purchase [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] songs from your favorite online MP3 retailer … you’re going to be waiting a long time. According to no less an authority than [lastfm]Yoko Ono[/lastfm], [lastfm]the Beatles[/lastfm] will not be making the jump into cyberspace anytime soon!
“[Apple CEO] Steve Jobs has his own idea and he’s a brilliant guy,” Ono said. “There’s just an element that we’re not very happy about, as people. We are holding out. Don’t hold your breath … for anything.”
The rights to [lastfm]the Beatles[/lastfm]’ songs are shared by the four members (or their estates, in [lastfm]John Lennon[/lastfm] and [lastfm]George Harrison[/lastfm]’s cases), under the umbrella name Apple Corps.
Apple Corps has shown willingness to move into the 21st century, as evidenced by the release of the video game “The Beatles: Rock Band.” But there has not been a proposal put forward yet that could bring the Beatles song collection online.
Ono made these statements while promoting “LENNONYC,” a PBS documentary on the late, great songwriter, which is set to premiere in November. He would have turned 70 this October.
Is it better for [lastfm]the Beatles[/lastfm] to hold out like this? Would you rather keep listening to the band on CD (or vinyl)?