The big news? The Beatles are now available on iTunes.
Apple wrote in a press release that beginning today, "the group’s 13 legendary remastered studio albums with iTunes LPs, the two-volume “Past Masters” compilation and the classic “Red” and “Blue” collections are available for purchase and download on iTunes® worldwide as either albums or individual songs. Fans can also get a special digital “Beatles Box Set” featuring the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film, a worldwide iTunes exclusive which captures the Beatles’ very first US concert." Songs will cost $1.29 each, an album $12.99, and double albums $19.99.
Apple announced the news on its website, Apple.com, which was given over to a black-and-white photo of The Beatles with the header "The Beatles. Now on iTunes." (See images below)
It's been more than a hard day's night of negotiations for Apple, EMI, and The Beatles' representatives. The Wall Street Journal notes, "The Beatles-iTunes agreement represents a watershed in a fraught, decades-long relationship between two of the biggest icons in their respective fields.
The two sides have traded lawsuits since 1978, when the Beatles alleged that the computer maker, incorporated as Apple Computer in 1977, infringed on the band's trademark in the name and logo of Apple Corps."
“We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the press release. “It has been a long and winding road to get here."
See the 8 biggest remaining iTunes holdouts below, from our post here.
AC/DC's Brian Johnson called iTunes a "monster," saying, "Maybe I'm just being old-fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless 'em, it's going to kill music if they're not careful." (via Reuters.)
Brooks shared his stance on iTunes with USA Today: "But iTunes won't do what (it) needs to until (musicians) find a way to join together, and show them what an iPod sounds like with no music. … They truly think that they're saving music. I looked at them right across the table with all the love in the world and told them they were killing it. Until we get variable pricing, until we get album-only (downloads), then they are not a true retailer for my stuff, and you won't see my stuff on there." Brooks also prefers users to download full albums: "We do albums, we have always done albums," he told the BBC.
According to Digital Music News, Kid Rock has allowed "some limited licensing, including album-only Rock N' Roll Jesus on AmazonMP3." The artist still doesn't think that Apple's iTunes is paying artists enough money for their music: “iTunes takes the money, the record company takes the money, and they don't give it to the artists," he told the BBC.
Bob Seger reportedly shares management with Kid Rock -- whose stance on iTunes is that it takes, but doesnt give enough.
As The Wrap explains, you can buy some Black Sabbath songs on iTunes--"the Ronnie James Dio version of the band." The Wrap adds, "But with the exception of a live album or two, you won’t be head-banging to Ozzy Osbourne."
Digital Music News reports that Def Leppard has granted "some limited licensing, including Songs from the Sparkle Lounge."
The group has a strong focus on the album as a whole--whereas iTunes allows users to pick and choose their songs. "They're about as album-oriented as a group gets these days," a source told Almighty Retail. "Tool rightfully feels, 'We're putting a lot into our album as an art form.'"
Solo work by The Smiths' Morrisey and Marr can be found on iTunes, but as The Wrap writes, "with the exception of a Greatest Hits from 2008, the Manchester band that poetically owns adolescent angst are nowhere to be found on iTunes."