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At long last! The Beatles and Apple have finally struck a deal to bring their music to Apple's famous music store, iTunes. Let's hug!
"We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes," Beatles legend Paul McCartney said via an Apple news statement. "It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."
The BBC reports that Apple chief executive Steve Jobs couldn't be more excited for the venture, as the self-admitted Beatles fans said it had "been a long and winding road to get here".
"We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes," he said.
Fans can purchase the Beatles' 13 remastered studio LPs via iTunes beginning today (November 16). Their recently reissued Red and Blue collections and the two-volume Past Masters will also be available.
The iTunes exclusive Beatles Box Set is sure to be one of the biggest holiday gifts this year. Fans can have "every A- and B-side" plus a live concert film from the band's first-ever U.S. show in 1964 for $149. Sweet!
The Beatles' iTunes inclusion has been widely speculated for years despite the surviving members of the band and the others' estates speaking out against the quality of digital sound.
"I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes," drummer Ringo Starr added. "At last, if you want it — you can get it now — The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo."
According to CNN, each Beatles album will be available for download at $12.99 each, while double albums will sell for $19.99 each. Individual songs can be bought for $1.29 each.
What do you think about The Beatles coming to iTunes?
To celebrate this momentous occasion, here's a little "In My Life" for your Tuesday morning:
by MacKenzie Wilson