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Every so often things make me go "Duh!" - RonO's Ramblings

Sep. 5th, 2007 12:50 pm Every so often things make me go "Duh!"

I was just reading some press speculation on today's Apple press conference, and the rumors about it.

One of the rumors was that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would appear. Another is the posting of a picture supposedly showing the cover of Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the suspected touch-screen iPod. These led to the speculation that in addition to the new products, Apple might be offering Beatles' music through iTunes.

The article then went on to point out that over the years Apple Corps (a.k.a. Apple Records) has sued Apple Computer over the use of the name "Apple" two or three times, implying that it was this dispute over the similar corporate names that has led to Beatles' music being unavailable through iTuens.

For a year or so I've been somewhat frustrated by the inability to purchase Beatles' albums through iTunes (which is easier than buying and ripping CDs sometimes), and have wondered why they weren't available even though many other Capitol Records releases were. It never occurred to me that it would be because Apple Corps was miffed at Apple Computer for a perceived (and not necessarily nonexistent) infringement of the company name.

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Date:September 5th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
The suit was settled earlier this year. Again.

It has been announced that the Beatles catalog, digitally remastered, will be available for Digital Media Players sometime in 2008. It is not clear for which ones. There was a moment of fear amongst iPod owners, due to some coincidental timing, that it would only be for the Zune, for example.

And looking in my copy of iTunes, in the rarely used Coverflow mode, I see I had no Beatles covers, so I used Google image search and copy and paste to put them in. But it was a bit time consuming. Coverflow is not proof that something is available...