Tuesday, November 25, 2008

McCartney: Beatles' iTunes Negotiations Stalled

While just about everyone wants the Beatles music catalog to be on iTunes --- or any digital download service, for that matter --- Paul McCartney, speaking at the launch of his new album, Electric Arguments, said not the expect anything anytime soon.

According to McCartney, Apple Corps Ltd., the multimedia corporation founded in January 1968 by The Beatles, and the band's label EMI have not been able to agree on terms for release of the Beatles' catalog to iTunes or any other download services.
"That is constantly being talked of -- we'd like to do it. What happens is, when something's as big as the Beatles, it's heavy negotiations.

We are very for it; we've been pushing it. But there are a couple of sticking points, I understand. So the last word I got back was that it had stalled, the whole process.

(EMI executives) want something we're not prepared to give them. Hey, sounds like the music business. It's between EMI and the Beatles -- what else is new."
And while the RIAA and major music labels still can't seem to get their arms around the new Internet era, and how to handle music downloading, legal or no, McCartney seems to have a definite view on it.
"I think the majors at the moment, I'm not dissing them, but I don't think they really know what's going on. With the download culture, they are floundering a little bit."
Dissing them or not, it's all true. Strangely, he went on to say that EMI considers the Beatles "just another group." Just another group? Any deal that involved the Beatles catalog and any download service (I'm rooting for Amazon MP3) would be huge --- bigger than any other such deal.

Come on, EMI, none of the rest of us consider the Beatles "just another group."

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