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Beatles On iTunes: The Story Behind the Deal

The exact terms of the deal remain unknown, but it’s widely assumed to have two critical elements. First is that Apple paid a “substantial” advance for both the catalog and the exclusive rights to sell it digitally until sometime next year. Second, Apple had to satisfy the surviving Beatles desire to present the catalog properly. According to sources that have negotiated with the Beatles in the past, their primary concern is over creative expression than money.

via Beatles On iTunes: The Story Behind the Deal.

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