The Beatles and iTunes: What it Means For Your iPod

Beatles On iTunes

There’s simply no possible way of counting all of the Beatles fans nationwide. Even some 40 years after the group broke up - never to get back together again - and through the death of two of the Beatles, the group’s popularity is so strong that Apple’s news that they had struck a deal to sell Beatles songs on iTunes was considered a major announcement. That’s a pretty big accomplishment, considering we now live in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

So how did we get here? Let’s take a look at the news of the Beatles songs being released on iTunes and the potential advantages it means for Beatles fans - whether you’ve been an iTunes fan before or not.

Finally...Apple Meets Apple

As you might recall either from your own life or your own independent research, the Beatles’ own label, created in the late 1960’s, was known as Apple. Of course, now most of us associate the brand Apple with the superstar computer company, but what’s important now is that Apple has now “met” the other Apple.

It can be a little confusing, so let’s take a look at what this actually means: essentially, the Beatles and their parent label, EMI, have agreed to release their songs on iTunes, which was the main road block to getting the Beatles catalog available on the popular online store.

Although in the past it was hard to do an online search and find Beatles songs for download, you should have no problem securing “Eight Days a Week” or “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” on iTunes with a simple search. (Note: if you want a little more help, just go directly to Apple’s Beatles site.)

So what does this mean for Beatles fans? Let’s look at the advantages of buying music on iTunes.

Why Beatles + iTunes = Good News

If you’ve never been a fan of iTunes or of Apple products in general, your reaction to the announcement that the Beatles songs would be released on iTunes was probably...less than enthusiastic. That makes sense: after all, if you’re not an avid iTunes user, this kind of news doesn’t really have a lot of impact on your life.

But remember that iTunes is one of the biggest legitimate stores for music out there - whether or not you can actually walk into one and purchase some music. This means that having some of the most popular songs of all time - like “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” - readily available for download is now possible.

Let’s look at the advantages to having Beatles songs on iTunes, even if you’re not necessarily a big Beatles fan.

Cheap albums. Go to the music store or buy online and the Beatles albums might cost you a pretty penny - almost as if they were just released. Sure, some places will allow you to buy the White Album for a reasonable price, but overall, it’s much more convenient to simply download an entire album and place it on your iPod. Although most songs on iTunes cost about a dollar to download, a cheap Beatles Album like the White Album means you can fetch individual songs for a far better rate.
Convenience. If you don’t have an iPod, what century are you living in? Sure, maybe you use a smart phone for your music purposes, but using iTunes is easy even if you’re an avid Windows user who doesn’t like to venture into the world of Apple. You can simply download the songs using the iTunes p