The Beatles Exclusive to iTunes Into 2011

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The Beatles deal with iTunes announced earlier on Tuesday is an exclusive deal into 2011, according to EMI, the record label that owns most of the rights to the band’s catalog. A label spokesperson told many media outlets that the deal is exclusive, and that there is a definite end date to that exclusivity, but EMI has not actually specified when that date is.

AllThingsD asked if after that exclusivity ends if we can expect to see The Beatles on other digital download sites, and spokesperson Dylan Jones replied merely, “That’s a question, isn’t it.”

In other words, while Apple has exclusive rights to the band’s catalog through this Christmas shopping season and into the next year, there’s nothing definite yet that competing services such as Amazon or the subscription sites will then have their turn at The Fab Four.

Expressed as a mathematical formula, one might say it as:

Beatles 2011

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6 Comments Leave Your Own

Scouse Eddie

ABOUT TIME!

Lets hope we see the Beatles topping the charts once again around the world!

BEATLE FOR NUMBER ONE!!

All you need is love!

ibuck

@ Scouse Eddie “ABOUT TIME!”

Exactly.

On my music to buy list was a note regarding some Beatles songs: “if/when they release mp3s before all their fans die.”

MacKeeper_fan_Mod

Just like in South Park.
Method of getting money from the crowd of hicks:
1. Take old and good music group.
2. Make good piar company.
3. Convince everybody that the products you sell are new and just super thing.
4. ????
5. Profit!!!

aardman

And Macca on the next Jobs keynote!

jfbiii

The exclusive deal is ten times more interesting than the fact that they’re available on iTunes at all.

jfbiii

For instance…in the beginning of iTunes, deals were pretty standardized: we’re selling songs for 99? each, labels get x, Apple keeps y.

Then labels were able to wrestle price concessions in return for dropping DRM by providing DRM-free music to everyone else except Apple and, presumably, renegotiating the distribution of income. This is when I quit buying from iTunes—not because of iTunes or Apple—but because the labels continue to do stupid shit like force me to buy an entire album if I want the only decent track on an album.

Now, I wonder if we’re seeing a new phase where folks on both sides of the table are willing to widen the terms in more creative ways and/or redefine relationships more as partners in a zero-sum game with consumers rather than competitors in a zero-sum game with each other.

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