MacRumors is reporting….The Beatles Coming to iTunes Renewed Yet Again – Mac Rumors “A recent report that Apple has scheduled a music-focused media event for September 9th has once again sparked speculation that The Beatles may finally be coming to iTunes. The speculation is primarily driven by the scheduling of several other Beatles-related events on the same day.”
(Read Full Article from macrumors HERE)
According to WSJ.com the Beatles are NOT coming to iTunes but are on the way to Rock Band…sorry Steve.
“The Beatles have licensed songs to MTV Networks’ Rock Band videogame series, according to several people familiar with the matter, a coup for the Viacom Inc. unit in its battle with rival Activision Blizzard Inc. for supremacy in the world of rock-and-roll videogames.
MTV Networks’ Rock Band videogame series is to include songs from the Beatles. From left, the members of the British rock group: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The deal, which is set to be announced on Thursday by Viacom’s MTV and the band’s own Apple Corps Ltd., makes the Beatles the next and biggest major band to license its songs to a music-oriented videogame, joining Aerosmith, Metallica, AC/DC and others.”
Read Full article HERE
I’m not sure if Apple has anything to do with this but it is interesting for that serious Beatles fan –
Limited Edition Ultimate Collector’s Box: Beatles iPod Set:
The ultimate Beatles collector’s gift. Includes a numbered 120G iPod in classic black etched with the Beatles’ logo on the front and Abbey Road on the back.
Includes 13 original Beatles’ CDs, plus two masters and the “Love” CD, all with an engraved guitar pick. Packaged in a box designed by Psycho Bunny.
Limited Edition. 2500 available. Each iPod is etched with a number.
(Check it out HERE)
Beatles reaching Guitar Hero before iTunes?
The Beatles are close to securing a deal that would see their first digital music releases through music games rather than direct downloads from iTunes or or similar stores, says the Financial Times. The UK business paper claims sources who say that the pop rock group may have deals “in a matter of weeks” that bring songs to Guitar Hero maker Activision as well as to Rock Band co-creator MTV Games. While no specifics are mentioned, the deal suggests a Beatles-themed title and alludes to the possibility of making Beatles songs available as downloadable content.
While no involved parties will publicly confirm or deny the talks, the alleged deal would require the approval of the Beatles’ own Apple Corps, their parent label EMI, and Sony/ATV, the owner of most Beatles copyrights. However, any agreement would be valued at “several million” US dollars.
The move would also be crucial to translating the Beatles’ songs into a non-CD digital format, which has yet to take place. The group’s Sir Paul McCartney has predicted a 2008 launch but has said that contracts and the final setup stages themselves have prevented a quick launch; the surviving band members and the estates of George Harrison and John Lennon are said to want an ideal release.
Apple Corps chief Jeff Jones has been more “active” than late founding member Neil Aspinall was in moving the digital conversion process, the paper says.
The Times article doesn’t explain the motivation that would lead to a release of some songs as game-ready pieces rather than traditional music, though Sony/ATV head Martin Bandier notes that permission to play Beatles covers during American Idol has spurred a renewed interest in the music through alternate channels, including as soundtracks and through cellphone carriers./p>
Breaking News – 40 million can’t buy me love or some tunes! Roll over Beethoven! Yesterday I was the fool on the hill, just another day in the life, with the internet buzz about the Beatles FINALLY coming to iTunes, a 40 million dollar deal. I should have let it be but after a hard days night sleep, today it’s reported, “Apple, labels deny Beatles deal reached” Help! What are we back in the USSR? Can’t they just come together and say we can work it out? Or will there have to be a revolution? I should have known better, will I ever get to download their great music in my life, maybe when I’m sixty-four….
Get your game on for less $$! Microsoft just announced an 80 euros ($122) price drop on the XBox! So now the US gamers are crossing their fingers and hoping we’re next!
News – MacBook Air is confusing security and causing people to miss flights. The lack of a drive and its simple form factor is making older TSA agents scratch their heads in amazement. Michael Nygard was held up as security staff gathered around his MacBook Air, trying to make sense of the slender laptop/notebook and the hold up made him miss his flight! So if you are traveling with the new laptop, get to the airport early and look for the hippest TSA agent.
Gadgets of the Week – Sure it’s just an external hard drive…but it’s cool looking!
The user-friendly LaCie Desktop Hard Disk is easy for anyone to set up and use. This high-capacity, cost-efficient storage solution comes with USB 2.0 for connecting to your PC or Mac. Plug & backup baby!
Another cool gadget this week is Belkin’s Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger. Hotel rooms and airport terminals never seem to have enough power outlets to charge all the devices we techies travel with, well here’s your answer. For the “geek on the go” it’s a must have!