The Beatles Arrive on iTunes; All You Need is Love -- and an iPod

Beatles Abbey Road coverAfter decades of topping the musical charts, The Beatles will finally top the one list that the Fab Four haven't been able to crack, the iTunes Top Charts. Apple, the computer company not the record label, announced this morning that The Beatles are finally available in iTunes as a digital download.

Until today, you couldn't legally purchase the Beatles albums in a digital format for easy loading onto an iPod, iPhone or other MP3 Player, but thanks to lots of closed-door talks and Crying, Waiting, Hoping from fans, the entire discography is available for purchase in digital format from iTunes.

Fans can purchase The Beatles Box Set, including all 13 studio albums and the Past Masters Collection, for $149 in a single click. The digital Beatles box set includes iTunes LP, which according to the item description is a collection of, "mini-documentary features on each of the studio albums, photos, notes and a video of the band's first U.S. concert, the 1964 show at the Washington Coliseum from beginning to end." Additionally, the box set includes all A and B sides.

If you don't want to purchase The Beatles Box Set as a whole, you can buy tracks individually in a DRM-free MP3 format that will play on practically any device for $1.29 a track or individual albums for between $12.99 and $19.99, including Help!, A Hard Day's Night, Let it Be among others.

While this does represent an easy way for new fans to get their Beatles collection onto a digital music player, and some publications think that the Beatles coming to iTunes is a big deal; any self-respecting Beatles fan has already digitized his or her own collection and loaded it onto their iPhone or MP3 player.

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