Beatles Music, Finally, Comes to Apple's iTunes

Apple announces that Beatles music will be available on iTunes.

ByABC News
November 16, 2010, 9:27 AM

NOV. 16, 2010— -- Beatles fans, your wait is over.

After years of holding out, the legendary rock band finally struck a deal with Apple to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes.

In an announcement today that covered the entire front page of Apple's website, the company said: "The Beatles. Now on iTunes."

"We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a news release. "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 10 years ago."

Apple, Apple Corps and EMI said that the Beatles' 13 remastered studio albums would be available on iTunes. A special digital "Beatles Box Set," including the "Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964" concert film, is also available online.

"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."

Apple said that each of the albums, including "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Revolver," "The Beatles [The White Album]" and "Abbey Road," comes with iTunes LPs and a mini-documentary about the creation of each album.

The albums are available for $12.99 each, double albums cost $19.99 to download and individual songs cost $1.29 each.

"I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes," Ringo Starr said. "At last, if you want it -- you can get it now -- the Beatles from Liverpool to now. Peace and Love, Ringo."

"In the joyful spirit of 'give peace a chance,' I think it is so appropriate that we are doing this on John's 70th birthday year," Yoko Ono Lennon said.