Apple scored a big music hit, landing the rights to carry Beatles music on its popular iTunes Store, the company announced Tuesday.

The iTunes store is carrying all the songs from the Beatles original studio albums. In addition, iTunes is also selling the albums as a box set for $149, which includes photos, a video of their live show at the Washington Coliseum in 1964 and a mini-documentary on each album.

For Apple (AAPL), the process has been a long and winding road. After lawsuits dating back to 1978 over trademark issues and violations of trademarks, the company and the Beatles' Apple Corp. finally settled their last round of legal wrangling in 2007, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Despite the long-awaited arrival of the Beatles on iTunes, Apple's stock failed to get a pop from the Fab Four's arrival. Shares of Apple dipped 0.53% to $305.40 in early morning trading Tuesday.

One analyst had predicted Monday that Apple's mystery announcement -- hinted at on its site yesterday -- would fail to be a boom for investors, noting that software sales for Apple, which includes iTunes transactions, account for only $400 million to $500 million of the more than $20 billion in quarterly revenues that Apple generates.

While investors may not view the announcement as significant, the two living members of the group and Apple's CEO Steve Jobs offered up their thoughts in a joint-announcement :
We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes. 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. - Sir Paul McCartney

I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes. At last, if you want it – you can get it now -The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo. - Ringo Starr

We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes. It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we've had since we launched iTunes ten years ago. - Steve Jobs

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono noted she thought it was appropriate that a deal was struck in the year that Lennon would have turned 70. And citing a refrain from a famous John Lennon song, Ono said: "Give Peace A Chance."



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eyeforeye42

Funny to feel old fashion but I like their music. So it is a great opportunity to procure their stuff legitimately. Nice going Steve!

November 16 2010 at 8:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
spike

Good God almighty.I watched these guys on the Ed Sullivan show around forty years ago. Who gives a hoot .They were new an exciting forty years ago.The thrill is gone.

November 16 2010 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Frank

You are the biggest loser. The Beatles sold more albums in America than any other artist in history. And they broke up over 40 years ago. So that gave new artists forty years to catch them. They sold over 200 million records in America, the most ever in America AND THEY AREN'T EVEN FROM AMERICA. That is why this is a big deal. Also, Fake music is a crime. All of today's artists are 99% fake with some computer making the beat, a team of studio employees writing the words, a team of choreographers to creat a dance to music video and they find some Hot person to barely sing to it and produced that $hit you listed to today. The Beatles did everything and their songs guide generations and have a story to tell. THANK GOD FOR THE BEATLES. 50 years from now everything on the Billboard 40 will never be heard from ever and the Beatles will still be here outselling everything. Oh yeah, in 2003, the Beatles 1 CD went #1 in over 40 countries, setting yet another record. Hey Jude, Let it Be, Here Comes the Sun, The Long and Winding Road, Day Tripper, Help, Can't Buy Me Love, A Hard Days Night are songs that are way better than the crap being put out today and it's still awesome to listen to. You're not even worther to lick the sweat off a Beatles' Listners' undewear.

November 17 2010 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tpvak

To the ******* who said Rubber Soul is missing two songs, which ones are missing beacuase I count 14.

November 16 2010 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hana

$.99 to $1.29 a song at ITunes! ... I don't think so!

November 16 2010 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R. Stewart Couch

Well, Ringo missed an opportunity for a great witticism, "If you want it, here it is, come and get, but you better hurry 'cause it's going fast" ... :), Thank you for all the great music!

November 16 2010 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fred

The remaining Beeatle is making a killing,,,,,

November 16 2010 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
desertskies

As much as I appreciate The Beatles and their contributions to the music field (some artists WISH they could have the same longevity), I see the release on Itunes as anti-climatic at best. If I wish to have any Beatles release, I'd rather get it from Beatles dot com. I'm going to stay clear of Itunes.

November 16 2010 at 5:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tuco6600

No Hey Jude album or song in mono. This collection is far from complete.

November 16 2010 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Klownfist

The real question here should be... is when the HELL is the Let It Be movie going to be released officially, preferably on Blu-Ray. In fact you can't find ANY Beatles on Blu-Ray except for A Hard Day's Night which I had to buy from Canada. Not cool guys... we want our Beatles in Blu-Ray and we want it NOW... especially Yellow Submarine.

November 16 2010 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joe

It would be nice to see The Beatles Anthology released on Blu-Ray also.

November 16 2010 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
miamibeak

freemen76 said look what came with the beatles the british invasion drugs,long hair rebel against your parents.the backwards 60`s Great job freemen76. You have managed to wipe out a catalog of brilliant poignant music with just 19 politically reactionary words! Perhaps you are one of the characters from the dance scene in Back to the Future. You make your keepers proud. Keep carrying their water (or should I say tea) for the regimented right. Your reward,a VHS box set of the Lawrence Welk Show, should arrive any day now-as long as this is 1956. Good job . managing to wipe out a catalog of brilliant poignant music with your 19 snarky, reactionary words! You make your keepers proud. Keep carrying the water, or should I say the tea for the regimented right. Your reward will be a VHS box set of the Lawrence Welk Show. See full article from DailyFinance: http://srph.it/aeYZUI

November 16 2010 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply