Published May 17, 2010Well, this one's just going on and on, isn't it? Fans of the Beatles who want to be able to buy and download the band's tunes through iTunes have been waiting for years for the opportunity. And as it turns out, it's the record label's fault, or at least that's what Paul McCartney is saying.
McCartney recently said that the blame for the delay falls squarely on EMI Records.
"To tell you the truth, I don't actually understand how it's got so crazy," he recently told the BBC. "I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it's going to happen."
Just to clarify, he added that "it's been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes. It's the people in the middle, the record label. There have been all sorts of reasons why they don't want to do it."
EMI said in a statement that "discussions are ongoing," and they would "love to see the Beatles' music available for sale digitally."
Considering how much money the combination of the Beatles and iTunes could make, we're sure they would. But we have a hunch the label will wait until fans who just bought the band's reissued back catalogue feel like they can afford to dish out a bunch of money to buy all those songs once again.