Every song, every note of the legendary sound that defined a generation has been given a facelift for the digital age. On Tuesday morning — after 24 hours of teasing — Apple revealed that its chatted-up “exicting” iTunes announcement is that the entire Beatles catalog is now available for download from the web’s leading online music retailer. For the first time in iTunes history, consumers can buy and download all 13 of The Beatles’ albums!
Classic Beatles disc like A Hard Day’s Night, Abbey Road, The White Album, and Yellow Submarine will carry a price tag of $12.99, while double albums will run for $19.99. The iTunes partnership also includes Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964, an exclusive iTunes recording of the Beatles’ very first concert on American soil.
“We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes,” Sir Paul McCartney said in a statement. “It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around.”
“I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes,” fellow former Beatle Ringo Starr added. “At last, if you want it—you can get it now—The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo.”
The agreement signals the end of a decade-long deadlock between Apple and EMI over sales of the band’s music. The Beatles took Apple to court over use of the company name and logo as their music label is called Apple Corps Ltd. The case was settled in 2007.
“We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we’ve had since we launched iTunes ten years ago.”