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