Is that The Beatles back catalogue available for download? For how long though...?

2 November 2009

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The mystery over how and when the music of The Beatles will be sold digitally could finally be over, or probably not.

A magical, mysterious website called Blue Beat has had an interesting addition to its threadbare offering since the weekend, namely the Fab Four’s entire back catalogue for only 25 cents per track (about 16p), which is considerably less than the 99 cents that Apple’s iTunes store generally sells songs for.

But why such a low-scale launch to go with the low price? It couldn’t be that this offering is… whisper it, illegal, could it? The whole Beatles back catalogue is also available free in streaming form for anyone shrewd or daft enough to sign up.

The Blue Beat site is based in California, so we’d have expected a pretty hasty takedown once Yoko and co got wind of it. But it’s been up for over three days now so what the hell is going on?

TOPICS:   Technology

13 comments

  • Lumoruk
    someone going to sign up and see if it's the real deal then?
  • Bob
    25 cents? non are priced at this price.
  • dave
    Beatles are rubbish and over rated - one for northerners
  • DirtyPixel
    Indeed. I wouldn't shell 16p for their ENTIRE back-catalogue, let alone one track. Mop top toss pots.
  • Brian
    Hi, my name is Brian. This sounds very interesting.
  • Samuel
    I think this deal--too good to be true--is probably a scam. So I would advise anyone interested in this deal to think again.
  • Sparatcus
    Yup, The Beatles are for the northerners. And for the south.... Chas & Dave? I can't think of any others.
    • Andy D.
      @Spartacus - The Wurzels. You forgot The Wurzels.
  • Esarty
    Hello Brian
  • little e.
    EMI are suing Blue Beat for offering unauthorised downloads of Beatles hits according to a story on the BBC News website
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