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Yoko Ono says Beatles coming to iTunes
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 09/08/09 2:59 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

At aproximately 12:00 Pacific time, Sky News posted a headline with this description:

"The whole of the Beatles back catalogue will be made available to buy on iTunes, Yoko Ono has told Sky News."

Unfortunately, this news article cannot be found online at the Sky News web site. Only the article's description lingers in the Google News listings.

Apparently, it looks as if Sky News in the UK let slip some news they weren't supposed to release, and took it back, but not before the Google News bots picked it up.

What does Yoko know that we don't know? Does this mean Apple Computers and EMI will be announcing The Beatles on iTunes at their company announcement tomorrow? We've heard nothing but rumors and denial of rumors on this subject in the last few days, but now this little slip from Sky News puts those rumors and their denials in a whole new light.

Stay tuned, tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for Beatles fans!

Update: [Posted 9/8/09 7:20 PM]

Many news sources reported on this slip from Sky News this afternoon, and have quoted an EMI spokesman as denying the Sky News report. They quote an article in the Financial Times today, which said:

"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," Ernesto Schmitt, EMI's global catalog president, told the FT's Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson.

We believe it is important to note that this statement was not directly in denial to the Sky News/Yoko story leak, this was a general denial of the Beatles/iTunes rumors. The Financial Times article was posted today at 4:45 PM London Time, which is 8:45 AM Pacific time. The Sky News/Yoko posting happened more than 3 hours later.

Update: [Posted 9/9/09 12:00 PM]

No Beatles on iTunes yet

The Apple Computers official media event in San Francisco has concluded. There were announcements of upgrades to iPods and iTunes, but despite rumors to the contrary, there was no mention at all of the Beatles being available for download on iTunes.

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