Ian Paul’s review of the complicated history of Apple, Inc., The Beatles, their record company, Apple Corps, and iTunes.
An iTunes-Beatles deal, for example, would need approval from a large number of players including: Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison (George Harrison’s widow), EMI Records, Apple Corps (the Beatles’ own record company) and Apple Inc. The thing is all these parties have, at some point, been busy battling each other in court.
Apple, Inc. won in court. The battles are over. Today is 09/09/09 and The Beatles release remastered music on the same day as Apple announces new iPods. Coincidence?