Is the remastered Beatles' catalogue finally coming?
17th Mar 2009 | 10:32
Possibly, but don't bet on iTunes
The long-awaited, remastered Beatles' catalogue may finally be making its way to your computer sometime this year. But don't bet on it being on iTunes.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with the estates of the late John Lennon and George Harrison, are said to be looking into the possibility of releasing the material on their own website.
Talks between Apple and The Beatles to resolve royalty disputes have been on-again and off-again for years, and according to Harrison's son Dhani, the situation has reached a tipping point.
Negoiations with iTunes still at an impasse
"[Steve Jobs] says that a download is worth 99 cents, and we disagree" Dhani Harrison, the late George Harrison's son
Harrison, 30, told Blender magazine that The Beatles' camp still isn't satisfied with what they're being offered by Apple, and they may go elsewhere to release the remastered catalogue.
"We're losing money every day," said Harrison. "So what do you do? You have to have your own delivery system, or you have to do a good deal with Steve Jobs.
"But he says that a download is worth 99 cents, and we disagree."
It appears as though Dhani Harrison, who has his own band called thenewno2, is having increasing pull in how The Beatles' business is conducted. Just recently he revealed that he convinced the surviving Beatles and Yoko Ono to agree to the upcoming The Beatles: Rock Band project.
"The game blows my mind," said Harrison. "It's infinitely better than Rock Band 2."