Yoko: No Beatles, iTunes Deal Anytime Soon

Yoko Ono, wife of the late Beatles member John Lennon, claims that the band’s works won’t be coming to iTunes — or any other music download service — any time soon. She hinted that the holdup in striking a deal may be related to the iTunes Store terms Apple is pushing, according to Reuters.

“Steve Jobs has his own idea and he’s a brilliant guy,” she said. “There’s just an element that we’re not very happy about, as people. We are holding out.”

The music library for the iconic band is one of the last big holdouts in the legit music download market. Reasons for the lack of a deal with any service have often been placed on the shoulders of Apple Corps, the management company for the Beatle’s properties.

EMI has also been singled out as a problem in the negotiations, too. “There have been all sorts of reasons why they don’t want to do it,” Sir Paul McCartney said in an interview earlier this year. “To tell you the truth I don’t actually understand how it’s got so crazy.”

Regardless of who really is behind the delay, it seems the idea that the Fab Four’s music is coming to iTunes in the near future is off base.

“Don’t hold your breath… for anything,” Ms. Ono said.