Starting today, fans can purchase the group’s 13 original (and remastered) studio albums, the two-volume “Past Masters” compilation and the classic “Red” and “Blue” collections on iTunes as either albums or individual songs (at $1.29 each). Apple is also offering an exclusive digital “Beatles Box Set” featuring the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film, the Beatles’ iconic first US concert.
“We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes,” said Sir Paul McCartney in the press release. “It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around.”[more]
Ringo Starr added, “I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes.” (Yoko Ono’s comment? Short and tweet.)
“We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we’ve had since we launched iTunes ten years ago.”
While it’s also trumpeted on the Beatles’ official website, many Apple (and even Beatles) fans already have The Beatles on their iPods, and are thus more excited about today’s launch of a Google Voice iPhone app, and another launch coming soon: the iOS 4.2 upgraded operating system for the iPad.