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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Mac on Mac
Paul McCartney goes digital

Filed under: News, Technology

Beatle fans, or at least fans of Paul McCartney can rejoice; not only is Macca releasing a new album, but he is finally releasing his entire catalog digitally, on iTunes and other music download services.

This is a big deal; there has been a long stand off from the Beatles to release any of their music digitally, and while some of the solo music of John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr is available through iTunes, McCartney is the first to release his entire catalog, even those released on the infamous Apple label.

Rumor has it that one of the main contentions for the Beatles (or at least whomever owns the rights to their music) to release their music digitally, at least to iTunes, is copyright infringement of the Apple name and logo with Apple Computers. I don't know how much stock there is in this rumor, but McCartney's decision to enter the 21st century and go digital can only be a good thing. Maybe soon, not only the Beatles, but Badfinger and other Apple acts will be released to the digital market. One can only hope.

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