Beatles go digital - free as a bird? £200, more like
Aside from rogue websites who think nobody will notice if they sell The Beatles' back catalogue without permission, the Fab Four's work has been famously absent from online music stores since forever. The digital deal have never been done, and so the likes of iTunes and Spotify have soldiered on with glaring holes in their offerings. That's because there's still another gimmick or two waiting to screw a a little extra money out of consumers.
On December 7th, The Beatles release their entire digitally remastered catalogue on a limited edition USB stick - and it's yours for £200. According to the official Beatles website, the contents include "re-mastered audio for The Beatles’ 14 stereo titles, as well as all of the re-mastered CDs’ visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes".
To give fans an extra push into buying the same songs for a fifth time, global sales are limited to 30,000 - the rocket scientists amongst you will realise that means there's an easy £6 million riding on this release. Once the world has stumped up for it, it's not too much to expect the introduction of all Beatles material into online music stores in 2010.