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nod



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Beatles on iTunes Reply with quote

I see the BBC have been promoting the Beatles again as news... Rolling Eyes

but who is going to pay 18 to download an album when you can buy the CD for 9 ? Rolling Eyes

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id400835735
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's news because Beatles material has never been available online from proper sources like itunes.
Watch them get to number 1 on a regular basis when they do.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Beatles on iTunes Reply with quote

nod wrote:
I see the BBC have been promoting the Beatles again as news... Rolling Eyes

but who is going to pay 18 to download an album when you can buy the CD for 9 ? Rolling Eyes

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id400835735


Yes, it's 17.99 for the double albums (White, Red, Blue and Past Masters) and 10.99 for the single ones. That compares with the CDs at Amazon at 12.99 for the doubles (for some reason the Red one is 13.99) and 7.99 for the single ones.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rarely buy music on CD any more. I just don't want the clutter.

Let's not forget that there's now a whole generation of people who don't buy their music on physical media and who now rely on the iTunes Store to buy downloads instead. To date, they haven't had the opportunity to buy Beatles material but as from today they do.

What's good about this is that there will be many, many younger people who will sample Beatles music - either track by track or as a complete "album" - for the first time and who stand a good chance of being knokced out by it.

That's a good thing and, as undiscovered points out, it has the potential for re-shaping music sales statistics for some time to come. Let's face it, the "iTunes Chart" is quite possibly the only chart that counts any more - and it's global.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Beatles on iTunes Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
Yes, it's 17.99 for the double albums (White, Red, Blue and Past Masters) and 10.99 for the single ones. That compares with the CDs at Amazon at 12.99 for the doubles (for some reason the Red one is 13.99) and 7.99 for the single ones.


17.99 doesn't compare well with 12.99 and worse with 8.99 at hmv.com for the red/blue CDs Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had The Beatles on my iTunes for years! Just ripped the CDs.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have all the Beatle's albums on stone tablet, parchment, wax cylinder, 78, 45, 33 rpm records, reel to reel, cassette, CD, hard drive, remastered CD, and Digital CD...
so I don't think I'll bother with any more... Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
I have all the Beatle's albums on stone tablet, parchment, wax cylinder, 78, 45, 33 rpm records, reel to reel, cassette, CD, hard drive, remastered CD, and Digital CD...
so I don't think I'll bother with any more... Razz


Me neither! My most recent acquisition was a mint condition boxed set of "Let It Be" (1970 - complete with mint condition and very rare "Get Back" book) on vinyl for an awful lot of money. No, don't ask!!! Smile

My wife doesn't understand why I need two rather than one.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have all the Beatle's albums on stone tablet, parchment, wax cylinder, 78, 45, 33 rpm records, reel to reel, cassette, CD, hard drive, remastered CD, and Digital CD...
so I don't think I'll bother with any more... Razz

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:30 am    Post subject: Beatles on I-Tunes Reply with quote

And how much did they earn for the girl from The Apprentice singing 'Octopus's Garden' on Harry Hill's TV Burp?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

undiscovered wrote:
It's news because Beatles material has never been available online from proper sources like itunes.


and who is responsible for restricting them ? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nod wrote:
undiscovered wrote:
It's news because Beatles material has never been available online from proper sources like itunes.


and who is responsible for restricting them ? Rolling Eyes


According to Paul Macca it's EMI. Much the same reason why the Beatles albums became available on CD long after others had adopted the format.

Don't forget also that it took until 2007 for Apple Corps Ltd and Apple Computer Inc to resolve their trademark differences. There was no way that Apple (the music publisher) was going to get involved with Apple (the computer company) until that was sorted out.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If EMI don't allow itunes to sell the tracks at 79p like most others they will miss the market opertunity
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
nod wrote:

and who is responsible for restricting them ? Rolling Eyes


According to Paul Macca it's EMI. Much the same reason why the Beatles albums became available on CD long after others had adopted the format.


According to this article, not only EMI, but also Apple Corps, Ringo, George and the estates of both John (Yoko) and George.
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/beatles-itunes.htm

Although some of the tracks are in itunes top fifty I don't think they're selling quite as well as they might have done. The Red and Blue double album CDs were spotted in Sainsbury's last night at 9.99
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The delay must surely be down to Apple Corps. It's no coincidence that since The Beatles got rid of the bloke who'd run Apple for 40 years ("protecting the brand") the songs have turned up everywhere. And quite right too, frankly.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone else noticed that over the years you never seemed to see Beatles albums / CDs in the reduced section in record stores? Rolling Eyes

It does seem different these days but I dont think I'm seen them in the 2 for 10 section yet.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
The delay must surely be down to Apple Corps. It's no coincidence that since The Beatles got rid of the bloke who'd run Apple for 40 years ("protecting the brand") the songs have turned up everywhere. And quite right too, frankly.


Are you thinking of Neil Aspinall? If so, they didn't get rid of him - he died (a couple of years ago, I recall). He managed the Beatles' Apple Corps rights rigidly, which is probably not a bad thing.

The biggest task he had to sort out was the Apple Corps Ltd v. Apple Computer Inc. issue. He just managed to see the whole thing settled before popping his clogs.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, Neil Aspinall. Shown the door well before he died because he was guarding the rights too rigidly and not allowing the sort of exploitation of The Beatles brand that could be made nowadays.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Yep, Neil Aspinall. Shown the door well before he died because he was guarding the rights too rigidly and not allowing the sort of exploitation of The Beatles brand that could be made nowadays.


I don't recall reading that he'd been "being shown the door"; I thought he became increasingly peeved at the way the once-precious catalogue was slowly being exploited and therefore resigned. He did, however, hang about long enough to see a resolution with Steve Jobs & Co. over Apple Computer Inc.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With The Beatles going on iTunes the X-Factor decided to have a night of songs by them and Shaun Keaveny said he would be round to Wagner's' house to make sure he had to draw Incapacity Benefit if he murdered the song he chose to perform.....not quite sure what he meant by if .... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
With The Beatles going on iTunes the X-Factor decided to have a night of songs by them and Shaun Keaveny said he would be round to Wagner's' house to make sure he had to draw Incapacity Benefit if he murdered the song he chose to perform.....not quite sure what he meant by if .... Twisted Evil


The whole show was just cringeworthy! The so-called "mentors" haven't a clue.

I'm not watching it any more. Nope. Never..... Not ever.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
That's a good thing and, as undiscovered points out, it has the potential for re-shaping music sales statistics for some time to come.


They only made their highest entry at No.40 this week, let's see what future weeks bring.
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