The Beatles: Are They Too Late For iTunes?

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This morning the Beatles and Apple announced, rather quietly, that the band was officially on the iTunes roster of artists, joining millions of others with their thirteen albums.

In a statement to the press this morning, Apple chief Steve Jobs said, "We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes. It has been a long and winding road to get here," he added with standard punnery.

It's undoubtedly great thing that the Fab Four will now be available next to iTunes chart-toppers like the Glee kids, Kesha and the Black Eyed Peas, adding a firm of base of rock history to the sites already rich catalog of Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and The Who, closing the circle for younger ones needing a lesson in classic sounds.

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Most Beatles albums are going for $12.99, while the double albums like The Beatles (the White Album) run $19.99. The individual tracks are some of the most expensive on the site at $1.29 a pop. You can get all the Beatles tracks in a digital box set for $149 if you are feeling fancy.

Sadly, the albums that flesh out the Beatles story, the Anthology series from the mid-'90s, are not yet available. Those discs were where you can hear ideas being formed that would soon become rock landmarks.

Also, you cannot buy and download any of the band's films like A Hard Day's Night or Yellow Submarine. The former stands alone, aside from the obvious attraction of the band and it's music, as a funny, well-scripted slice of celebrity life in the early '60s. As for Submarine, it's kid-friendly and dope-friendly.

But are the Beatles too late to the digital-music party?


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