Random Musings: The Beatles on iTunes

Posted: November 17, 2010 in music, Random Musings
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Q: What’s always coming but never comes?
A: The Beatles on iTunes.

The punch line might not be as old as the joke, but it was catching up. However, the joke became obsolete yesterday when Steve Jobs announced that the Beatles catalog will finally, finally, finally, finally (is that enough finallies?) be available on iTunes from early next year, thus again avoiding the horrendous possibility of the tracks being purchased before Christmas.

The “news” pales in comparison to last year’s reissue of remastered Beatles CDs. If you’re like me, you’ve already bought those CDs and ripped them to higher-quality aiff files. You may have even purchased them at half price, as I did when they were first released, which brought the cost to about what iTunes will be asking for them. Of course, now that they’re back to the regular retail price of over €20, iTunes will be the more cost-effective solution, but you’ll get what you pay for. Trust me, this is one instance where it’s well worth buying the CDs.

Ringo was quoted as saying, “I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes.” I’ll bet.

Addendum: I just got back from the Apple store, where all the Beatles albums are quite obviously, prominently for sale already, so I guess you can’t believe everything you read. A few extras are available too.

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