The Beatles

It’s Beatle Day

Stephen Blackwell :: Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 11:56 am

Today’s the big day for Beatle fanatics the world over. Also a weird day for the music industry, as the package of Beatles remasters is sure to be the last great physical copy music sales push. And if what Yoko says is true, will the physical sales wind up cannibalized by their digital counterparts? The Apple event is going to kick off in just a few hours — how big of a boner would everyone get seeing Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney perform at the event? I’m just saying, it’s a big release day and The (living) Beatles are not in New York doing the morning talk shows…

My big question is if anyone out there is going to drop 500 bucks after taxes on the complete Rock Band Beatles and the box set remasters in one fell swoop. Are you a big enough fan to ignore the recession?


The Beatles

Yoko Spilled The Beans

Stephen Blackwell :: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 4:43 pm

Apparently Yoko Ono has told a UK news outlet that the Beatles catalog will be available on iTunes tomorrow. Twitter has been set ablaze! (9to5mac has all the twitter posting up.)

If it’s true then, for one, the folks at Apple are sure to be pissed about the leak. But more importantly, how will the music be distributed? In a recent interview George Harrison’s son, Dani, explained that Steve Jobs thinks songs should be 99 cents, and that The Beatles music shouldn’t be sold as such. I’ll admit, it’s a little depressing to think about the entire Beatles output as about a gig of information. Is that what’s coming? We’ll find out tomorrow.


The Beatles

All You (Still) Need Is Love

Stephen Blackwell :: Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 2:11 pm

Beatlemania 2.0 has kicked into high gear with the 9.09.09 release of The Beatles: Rock Band video game, the release of the remastered Beatles catalog the same day, a neat Rolling Stone cover, and rampant speculation that there being an Apple music event tomorrow is just too much of a coincidence, and The Beatles will finally announce the digital availability of their music.

And yet there is still time for peace and love.

Partnering with XBox 360, the Lennon/McCartney penned “All You Need Is Love” will be available for download over the XBox Live network to play on your brand new Beatles video game. Proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian organization you’ve surely heard of that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

Check back in a day or two for a review of The Beatles: Rock Band.