The Beatles won’t be appearing on iTunes any time soon according to Yoko Ono. Though Apple Corps and Apple resolved their longstanding trademark dispute back in 2007, she’s poured cold water on talk of the Fab Four’s songs hitting digital stores and pointed the finger at Steve Jobs…
Around the launch of The Beatles: Rock Band last year, Ono indicated that The Beatles iTunes deal was almost done while EMI denied any plans were afoot. It seems negotiations haven’t more on much since then.
Ono now says: “Steve Jobs has his own idea and he’s a brilliant guy. But there’s just an element that we’re not very happy about, as people. We are holding out.”
Paul McCartney previously indicated that issues with getting The Beatles back catalogue onto iTunes were down to their record company EMI. However, Ono says she, McCartney, Ringo Starr and Olivia Harrison (George Harrison’s widow) are all agreed on the issue right now.
Beatles songs have into the iTunes App Store as covers on an officially licensed app The Little Black Songbook and the discography went digital on an Apple USB drive. But if you’re waiting for Beatles originals, try not to turn blue. Ono says: “Don’t hold your breath…for anything.”
Let us know: are you bothered about the lack of Beatles songs on iTunes? Is there anyone left who hasn’t snapped up the CD reissues?