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The Beatles arrive on iTunes

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1964 file

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo, The Beatles perform on the CBS "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. Ringo Starr plays drums, rear, and playing guitars from left are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. An estimated 73 million Americans tuned in, the largest ever for a TV show at the time, or three times the amount of people who watched the latest "American Idol" finale, according to the Nielsen Co. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi/ file) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Dan Grossi

     They finally said, “Let it be.”
     The Beatles vast catalog went on sale at iTunes at 10 a.m. this morning, as Apple Corps, the company that handles the group’s business affairs, and Apple Inc., the tech giant behind iTunes, finally settled on terms that worked for both companies.

     "We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes," said Sir Paul McCartney in a statement. "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."

     Ringo Starr added: "I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes. At last, if you want it, you can get it now -- The Beatles from Liverpool to now!"
     The songs are available at $1.29 apiece and most of the albums, which were digitally remastered last year, are available for $12.99, including interactive features as part of the “iTunes LP” bundle. It's a continuation of the technological embrace started last year when Apple Corps agreed to license Beatles music to the video game "Rock Band: The Beatles."

    "We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, in a statement. "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 10 years ago."
     Will Rihanna’s “Loud” album be able to hold off the Beatles bonanza to stay at No. 1? (Probably.) Will Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” single hang onto No. 1? (Hmmm.)
 

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