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The Beatles are coming to iTunes

McCartney: online music deal 'virtually settled'

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has confirmed music from the classic UK act will soon be made available online.

Speaking to US music magazine, Billboard, McCartney said that a deal to make music from The Beatles available online through services such as iTunes is, "virtually settled”.

The report also confirms that music from McCartney's latest album, Memory Almost Full will be sold through iTunes. It's McCartney's first album to be published through US coffee retailer, Starbucks, own music label.

Rumours that the surviving Beatles would make their material available through legitimate online music services, such as iTunes, have been circulating since last year.

Speaking last year, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr hinted that tracks from the band would be made available "at some point".

Then during a November web conference, EMI's former vice chairman David Munns again told the audience that music from the Fab Four would be made available online "soon".

In January, Apple CEO Steve Jobs played Beatles track Lovely Rita as he announced the iPhone. His demonstration also featured the album covers of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

See Beatles to give iTunes a chance.


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