Beatles Songs to be Sold on Apple's iTunes

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Updated at 7:12 p.m. ET

Some Beatles fans have waited for this moment since they were 64.

Apple Inc. is expected to announce that iTunes customers will soon be able to buy the Fab Four's songs, The Wall Street Journal reported ($) on its website Monday night.

On Apple's website, the company left a message saying it will have "an exciting announcement" Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

Apple Teases iTunes News

The new library of music that would be available from the world's largest music retailer comes after talks among Apple executives and people representing the Beatles and their record label, EMI Group Ltd., according to the Journal.

The Journal cites anonymous "people familiar with the situation" in its article. Spokesmen for Apple, EMI and Paul McCartney declined to comment to the Journal.

The Journal reports that it could not find out the terms of the deal.

As recently as August it was reported that such a deal was a non-starter amid speculation that the multiple parties were reaching an agreement.

"Don't hold your breath ... for anything," Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, told the Reuters news agency then. "There's just an element that we're not very happy about, as people. We are holding out."

The relationship between the famed computer company from Cupertino, Calif., and the renowned band from Liverpool, England, hasn't just been over song rights. Apple has had a grating history with Apple Corps, the Beatles' holding company, over rights to the name Apple. But a trademark rights lawsuit was settled in 2007 with Apple Inc. essentially winning the debate.

  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com

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