Where is that blue pills?
Paul McCartney has pooh-poohed the suggestion that Beatles tracks could finally appear on iTunes because negotiations with EMI have once again stalled. The long and winding road to get the Beatles’ back catalogue onto iTunes has proved a huge headache for Apple, which continues to be in talks with the band’s label. McCartney …
A daydreamer once heard: "Well let's be honest here, I am a very rich man, I don't really need anymore money, In fact I already have more than I could sensibly spend. As such I have decided to release all of the Beatles' back catalogue for the cost of the media only for non-commercial use. Enjoy people and thank you for making me very rich indeed. Besides most of it is only pissy pop music anyway"
All parties are hard at work sweating every detail, and maximising return, squeezing every drop of the $multi-millions visions floating before their eyes..... Meanwhile in the real world anyone who wanted the Beetles on their Ipod (other players and music formats are available) has already ripped them or downloaded them.
Revenue stream if they had pulled their heads out of their own fundimentals....$millions. Success!
Revenue stream now it is all too late.... $zero. Fail!
Still, not all bad news. The Lawyers will have got paid (pity it will be at the expense of actually paying the artists - but hey - they are only the ones who actually earnt the money in the first place with their talent so no great loss there then.)
Michael Jackson has ownership interest in the songs but not the physical recordings. He'll benefit from sales on iTunes, but isn't in a position to license the recordings himself.
He could rerecord the Beatles' catalogue and sell that on iTunes, but that is probably not what people are after ...
I thought the Beatles' record company was Apple, not EMI, right?
Anyway, it does sound funny that Apple needs Apple to licence the Beatles' catalogue. I still prefer the old "Apple COMPUTER" name though. That name change was akin to Sun dropping their SUNW ticker; the SUN Workstation is what made them exist in the first place, as Apple was born with the Apple Computer, and later, the Macintosh.
As an article in Mojo Magazine states they've been busy remastering the stuff for the past three years and are now done, I guess it is up to the record company lawyers and PR-people to get those records manufactured and into the stores. As we'll get both stereo and mono versions of most albums the rippers will have a field day getting it all onto Pirate Bay and such.
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