Beatles face iTunes Delay, but Zeppelin's rocking online

The Beatles may not be ready for iTunes, but another legend from the world of rock 'n' roll is diving deeper into the digital age.

The Beatles may not be ready for iTunes, but another legend from the world of rock 'n' roll is diving deeper into the digital age.

A Sad Tune For iTunes

First, the latest from the Fab Four: Sir Paul McCartney [artid:159019564|revealed this week]] that talks to bring the Beatles' catalog to iTunes had "stalled," according to an interview with the Associated Press. The band had been working on moving its music into the realm of digital sales for years, with various business conflicts continually holding up the process.

The Beatles did take one step forward with the announcement of a Rock Band-style interactive video game in October -- which will debut in late 2009 and will feature much of the group's music -- but for now, it looks like a full digital collection is still far from becoming a reality.

A Digital Dream

Now, onto the good news: Led Zeppelin is releasing a series of rare bootleg videos and 16mm concert films onto the Internet. The band, which has been the focus of a steady stream of reunion rumors recently, is starting to post new concert clips onto its official YouTube channel. Some are calling it a "sign of renewed activity within the Zeppelin camp," hoping the clips will add credit to the idea of a 2009 tour.

Significant Shift

Zeppelin, of course, has long been infamous for its strict stance against bootlegging, so the band's willingness not only to allow but also to directly provide hard-to-find clips marks a significant shift. Just last year, the group fought to remove illegal clips of its reunion concert from YouTube. And it was only last November that the band even began to offer its music for sale online.

So there may be no digital Beatles just yet, but there's at least some rare Zeppelin to hold us over. And hey, maybe the boys from Liverpool will work out the legal issues and get their tunes to iTunes soon. In the end, all they need is love. And a really good lawyer.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags musiciTunes

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

JR Raphael

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?