Rumors abounded prior to the launch of iTunes 9 that the Beatles catalogue would finally be available for download on the media player. But when the announcement was made there was no mention of the Beatles songs.
Interestingly, the TechCrunch article about the possibility that quoted a Sky News report that included a statement from John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, who is in charge of managing the music legend’s estate, had a banner promoting the launch of Rock Band’s Beatles edition.
Despite the fact that Paul McCartney was quoted byNME.com (New Musical Express the UK version of Rolling Stone magazine) as saying he wanted the catalogue available for download by the general public, apparently EMI vetoed it.
Guess Apple will just have to be satisfied with praise from President Obama during his address to the nation’s school children Wednesday. Though there had to be some at the company singing “Don’t Pass Me By”.
Rock Band and Amazon – the banner landed there to purchase the game software – may have been the big winner. Though I wonder which came first – the banner or the story?