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Beatles ready for digital in 2008: McCartney

updated 03:40 pm EST, Thu November 15, 2007

Beatles Digital in 2008

The Beatles' album catalog is close to a deal and should be available in 2008, band member Paul McCartney has revealed to Billboard. The musician notes that there is only "one little sticking point" to be cleared up before a release sometime next year and that it has only been a question of contractual obligations and the setup process itself. Neither the surviving Beatles nor Apple Corps want to rush the release and risk tarnishing the effect, McCartney says.

"You don't want to do something that's as cool as that," he says, "and in three years time you think, 'Oh God, why did we do that?!"

While the uncertainty of the remaining steps prevent McCartney from providing a more specific timeframe than next year, his comments echo beliefs expressed by George Harrison's widow Olivia, who herself expects a 2008 release of the group's work. Each of the individual Beatles' solo works have been gradually introduced to iTunes and other major online stores in recent months.

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  1. dennisobell

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    old news

    Have you guys been napping? This news was out three days ago. Quicker on the uptake, please.

  1. mgpalma

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    People (& Paul) make this out to be tantamount to solving world hunger. I like the Beatles, but this is not 'great news' and I don't care anymore.

  1. scotty321

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    RUSH THE RELEASE?! Yeah, let's not rush the release, Paul. You guys are just moving way too quickly on this one.

  1. dmsimmer

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    Exactly! Don't want to be ahead of the curve, now. That got them nowhere before!

  1. CIA

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    Future formats

    The real question... Will they surprise us and release it all in Mini-disc format? Finally! Then we can start thinking about putting it onto online music stores after.... Maybe around 2012....

  1. leamanc

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    Already available

    I thought the Beatles catalog was already available digitally. It's available at all these sites with "torrent" in the name! And for a really reasonable cost. :p

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