Beatles on iTunes? 'Don't hold your breath,' says Yoko Ono

Long-running Apple vs. Apple vs. EMI dispute continues

The fact that Beatles songs are not available on iTunes continues to be one of the more confounding situations in the worlds of music and online commerce. It's just wrong.

And it's unlikely to change any time soon, according to no less of an authority than John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.

According to a Reuters story:

Apple Corps, the group's holding company has been unable to agree on terms with EMI Group, which licenses the Beatles' recordings. And then there's the unrelated Apple Inc, owner of iTunes, the world's largest music retailer.

Apple and Apple have had a difficult history over rights to the name. But that trademark dispute was settled in 2007, and speculation has regularly popped up ever since that the two companies would strike an iTunes deal.

"(Apple CEO) Steve Jobs has his own idea and he's a brilliant guy," Ono, the 77-year-old widow of John Lennon, told Reuters. "There's just an element that we're not very happy about, as people. We are holding out. Don't hold your breath ... for anything," she said with a laugh.

C'mon kids, make it happen.

And on a side note: The other night I was watching Paul McCartney's concert at New York's Citi Field on TV with my 8-year-old son, Grant, and regaling him with tales of the group's early years. Grant was actually paying attention to both the music and my history lesson, which was a lot of fun. He had never heard of the Beatles before.

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