An Apple announcement on November 16 was hyped as something special. In fact, the Apple announcement for November 16 was said to be something we would “never forget” according to STEVE Jobs. In the past, Jobs has been an expert at this sort of thing, as he has made a spectacle of releasing new i products and updates. For today, he promised an exciting new addition to iTunes, although it wasn’t the release of IOS 4.2. Instead, the November 16 Apple announcement is expected to involve the Beatles, as it appears they will finally be in the iTunes library.
The Apple homepage has given it away, as it has an image of the Beatles at their peak. Above them is a simple statement that the Beatles are now on iTunes, as of today. Fans have listened to the legendary group in pretty much every format possible, and now there is one more to check off the list.
After the Apple announcement on November 16, all of the 13 original Beatles albums are available for iTunes download. Of course, millions around the world have listened to these albums many times over, for nearly 50 years. But for those who use iTunes all the time, this is long overdue for them.
It has taken a long time for Apple and the Beatles to unite in this fashion. They have been wrangling over this for some time, with Yoko Ono even telling fans not to hold their breath back in August. She claimed that there was “an element that we’re not happy about” yet it appears to have been resolved.
Now that the secret about the Apple announcement of November 16 is out, happy fans now have to pay to hear the results. Each album is worth $12.99, and each track costs $1.29 to download. In addition, the 256-track “Beatles Box” is $149 overall, and $1.29 per track.
For those who wanted news on something other than the Beatles, they may be more disappointed. Apple users have been waiting for the new version 4.2 for iOS, but it has not come yet. Jobs may be saving that for the next big event, but some may be losing patience by now.
However, prior to the November 16 Apple announcement, many may have lost patience for the Beatles to get on iTunes. But that day has finally come, so the new 4.2 iOS should be on the horizon as well – although many hope they don’t have to wait as long for that.
The Consumerist- “Yoko: Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting for Beatles On iTunes”
The Motley Fool- “Apple’s Long and Winding Road”
Philly Burbs- “Beatles finally for sale via iTunes”