It would appear that one of the longest standing Apple rumors may finally be put to rest. One of the more glaring omissions from iTunes’ extensive selection of artists has always been The Beatles, and for years, rumors of Apple finally securing the rights to sell their music swirled about with no ultimate resolution. Until now.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has finally traversed licensing issues with EMI and will announce tomorrow that The Beatles entire catalogue of music will, for the first time, be available for purchase on iTunes.
Apple Inc. is preparing to disclose that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation, a move that would fill a glaring gap in the collection of the world’s largest music retailer.
The deal resulted from talks that were taking place as recently as last week among executives of Apple, representatives of the Beatles and their record label, EMI Group Ltd., according to these people. These people cautioned that Apple could change plans at the last minute.
Let it be.