The Beatles on iTunes? It’s about time.
On November 16th, Apple made an announcement that made most, if not all, music fans go crazy: “The Beatles” were finally coming to iTunes. Though I’ll admit that I am not a die-hard “The Beatles” fan, I certainly enjoy a lot of their music. They are arguably, and to me without a doubt, the greatest band of all-time. The way that their music swept across the country in the ’60s is truly unbelievable, and I don’t think anything like that will ever happen again. For those of you that don’t know, “The Beatles” were a rock and roll group that consisted of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon, and they became international phenomena when their music first started to spread like wildfire. Up until this November 16th announcement, many felt that ongoing legal issues and licensing disputes would prevent “The Beatles” from ever hitting iTunes. The program iTunes, owned by Apple, Inc., allows users to purchase music, download it and then copy it onto your iPod. It has brought a tremendous amount of revenue for Apple, Inc., yet there were never any of “The Beatles” songs available for purchase. This is because the band’s corporation, Apple Corps., has been in legal battles with one another ever since Apple Corps. sued for trademark infringement in 1978. The two reached a settlement in 2007 that ended the infringement, but it still took three long years to get “The Beatles” music available on iTunes. When the news broke on November 16th that their music would be finally be available, it certainly didn’t take long to spread. In just one week, “The Beatles” sold nearly 1.4 million songs, and 119,000 albums, shattering any competition. It was “Beatlemania Part 2.” At first, I had no idea how such a popular band could have held out from iTunes for such a long time. Clearly, however, the long wait didn’t really have an effect on the numbers. As a kid who grew up in a house with my father constantly playing their albums, I’m glad to see that Apple Corps. and Apple, Inc. were able to resolve their issues and get this music on the iTunes Store. 1.4 million songs and 119,000 albums in one week?! Yeah, I’m pretty sure both sides are happy they worked it out. Took them long enough.