I can easily name a dozen places (although not on this site) you could already download the Beatles entire discography before today. The sudden opportunity to do this at your own expense further lining Apple's already over-burdened pockets isn't newsworthy at all.
I'm not a huge Beatles fan, but I don't see all the hype about them on iTunes. -_-
Serious fan buy the real thing, not some digital delivery stuff (and in the case, would probably just get the mp3 from somewhere).
Yeah, except Apple isn't a publishing company, they are a distributor of music which they do through the record labels just like a record store sells CD's with the permission of the record labels via their distributors. There is no difference between iTunes selling music digitally then going to a store to buy music aside from one is a hard copy and the other isn't
Sales wise so far despite the media attention its not going down as well as predicted.
When this was rumoured a couple of years go there was talk of The Beatles pretty much owning the Top 40 singles chart when their stuff hit iTunes, of course this was before all the remastered re-releases that people ate up last year.
So far "Here Comes the Sun" is the only Beatles song that has made the iTunes top 20 and so far no song is in the midweek sales for the proper top 40.
Of course either way the two living Beatles and the wives of the Lennon and Harrison are gonna be earning more money for very little work, shit I wish I owned even minor one song off Please Please Me.