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Timeline: The Beatles and Apple

A look at the pair's chequered history


Rumours of the appearance of The Beatles back catalogue on iTunes constantly appear, but this year rumours took on a life of their own.

We look at the history of the Fab Four and Apple

Here's a quick breakdown of the highlights:

1962: Relationship between the Beatles and EMI begins

1970s: EMI and Apple Corps get involved in a number of lawsuits over royalty agreements. In 1978, Apple Corps sues Apple Computers for the first time over trademark infringement.

1981: Apple Computers pays $80,000 to Apple Corps. Apple Computers agrees to stay out of the music business.

1985: Paul McCartney sued by the other Beatles and Yoko Ono over royalty arrangements.

1991: Apple Corps sues Apple Computers again when Cupertino's computers gain the capability to play back MIDI files.

2003-2007: Final lawsuits between Apple Corps and Apple Inc (Apple dropped the name Apple Computers for Apple Inc in 2007). Matter resolves with Apple Inc owning all Apple-related trademarks and the licensing those trademarks rights back to Apple Corps.

2007: Apple Corps and EMI settle a lawsuit alleging that EMI owed the Beatles close to $50 million for album sales between 1994-1999.

With the lawsuits out of the way, things looked up in early 2008 after McCartney reportedly signed a $400 million dollar deal to distribute the Beatles music on iTunes. But then talks were reportedly stalled by the end of the year.

That brings us to the present day, with speculation continuing as to when the Beatles will be coming to iTunes.

Everyone believes it will happen soon, but no one knows when it will happen. The only thing we know for sure, if you believe EMI anyway, is the Beatles catalogue is not coming to iTunes this time just like we found out last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and, well, you get the idea.

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