Paul McCartney blames EMI for iTunes/Beatles holdup

Mon, May 17, 2010


From AC/DC to Kid Rock, there are a number of big name artists whose music still isn’t available for download on iTunes. But the most notable name on that list is, of course, The Beatles. But as opposed to most, the conspicuous absense of The Beatles from iTunes has more to do with contractul entanglements than with any ill-conceived notions of musical purity.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Paul McCartney expressed a desire to put the entire Beatles catalog up on iTunes, but placed blame for the hold up on his record label, EMI.

“To tell you the truth I don’t actually understand how it’s got so crazy,” McCartney explained. “I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it’s going to happen.┬áIt’s been business hassles. Not with us, or iTunes. It’s the people in the middle, the record label. There have been all sorts of reasons why they don’t want to do it.”

EMI naturally says that it’s working hard to ink out a deal, but it’s hard to gauge exactly the source of the holdup. While McCartney and others are quick to point the finger at EMI, some have speculated that the holdup is a result of McCartney demanding more money than EMI is willing to dish out. You would think, though, that if all the relevant parties to these types of issues were able to come to terms with musical and character licensing rights on The Beatles: Rock Band, that an iTunes agreement would be a walk in the park.

I suppose it’s impossible to know exactly what’s going on, but it’s a shame that one of the most popular acts in all the history of music is nowhere to be found on iTunes.

Rumors of The Beatles finally coming to iTunes have been making the rounds for years now. One of the more elaborate rumors had Apple unveiling a commercial during the 2007 Super Bowl where it would announce a yellow submarine themed iPod pre-loaded with every Beatles song ever recorded.


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Robert Says:

    Thanks to EMI and gang I will be forced to obtain my Beatles discography from the ever helpful torrentz. That should take about…. what, half an hour?

    I wonder how many millions they have lost at $1 per track per person who wants the music since iTunes was launched?

    Classic idiocy. Let them die a long slow death.

  2. the finger Says:

    this is precisely why major record labels are seen as THE scourge of all creative music. they are so busy trying to steal as much money off of the artists and the consumers for themselves that they have managed to shoot themselves in the foot repeatedly.
    any idiot knew at the very beginning of mp3’s that this was the future of music…..yet they COMPLETELY missed they boat. not only that, but tried to stop it.
    greedy businessmen who refused to see the writing on the wall. the only shame about their crumbling industry is that the idiotic fatcats will be the last to get the axe!!
    hang their suits on a flagpole and then burn them, i say!!

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