It’s 09/09/09, which means you won’t be able to escape The Beatles today. The Fab Four’s back catalogue is being released as remastered CDs, while the console game Rock Band: The Beatles is also going on sale. And iTunes…
Last night saw feverish rumours that Yoko Ono had confirmed to Sky News that the entire Beatles back catalogue will be available on iTunes, after a story was published on Sky’s website, then swiftly taken down. It was suggested that the official announcement would be made at Apple’s music launch tonight.
The Financial Times poured cold water on the theory last night though, and has a quote from EMI’s global catalogue president Ernesto Schmitt: “Conversations between Apple and EMI are ongoing and we look forward to the day when we can make the music available digitally. But it’s not tomorrow.”
Fairly definitive, that. What HAS happened is a revamp of The Beatles’ own website, with community elements and masses of audio and video material – including 30-second audio clips of songs, and lyrics. There’s also news, playlists and a social networking widget.