It’s been a hard day’s night, and we’re sure Steve Jobs and company over at Apple have been working like a dog to convince Paul McCartney that iTunes should be able to sell the Beatles Catalogue. Whether it’s the fact that he’s going through a bitter, not to mention expensive divorce with Heather Mills or that Apple just kept on him long enough, rumor has it that the songs will be coming “within months.”
The Beatles, which are known as one of the most successful pop and rock bands of all time have recorded over 200 songs. It’s not clear at this point how many of those songs will be available on iTunes but what is clear is how much Steve Jobs paid to get the catalogue… $400 million dollars! It sure is a lot of money, but what an investment for Apple. That money will be shared among Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, as well as the families of George Harrison and John Lennon. Also receiving some of the money will be Michael Jackson, EMI, and Sony who own publishing rights or certain recordings.
Hopefully those songs will be available on iTunes Plus without the DRM because there are going to be lots of Beatles fans wanting to buy the songs, but without the restrictions.