With less than 24 hours to go before Apple's "It's only Rock and Roll" media event kicks off, rumors about what Apple may or may not announce have kicked into high gear. While tomorrow's event will undoubtedly focus on upgraded iPods and perhaps an update to iTunes, one of the more interesting rumors about the event is the availability of the Beatles catalogue on iTunes. Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal's Peter Kafka, citing sources familiar with the matter, said that Beatles tracks on iTunes would not be part of the festivities tomorrow. And given how much more money is to be had via selling actual discs as opposed to digital copies of songs on iTunes, it makes sense that the Beatles' record label would want to hold off on an iTunes announcement for just a little bit longer.
But in an interesting twist, comments from old Beatles mainstay Yoko Ono might prove otherwise. In an article that appeared earlier on Sky News (the link has since been conveniently taken down), Yoko flat out said that the entire back catalogue of Beatles songs would be made available for purchase on iTunes starting tomorrow. Hmmm..
And not only was the story taken down, but a Sky News employee reportedly contacted 9to5Mac and noted that the order to remove the article came "from the very top."
Meanwhile, EMI is denying that any Beatles song will find their way onto iTunes tomorrow, with EMI global catalog president Ernesto Schmitt noting that "conversations between Apple and EMI are ongoing."
While this story is undoubtedly intriguing, the Beatles on iTunes has been a rumor floating around in the Apple blogosphere seemingly forever. That being the case, we'll have to file this rumor under "I'll believe it when I see it."