Beatles Tracks Not Coming To iTunes Any Time Soon; McCartney: Talks At An Impasse

This story was written by David Kaplan.
Paul McCartney has thrown some cold water on hopes that Beatles' recordings would finally make it to iTunes, saying that negotiations with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) Inc. have stalled, AP reported.

As has happened many times before, fans of the band's music thought they might finally be ready for the digital age last month. MTV's Harmonix games studio said it was developing a video game around Beatles' music. The game, which is not being tied to Harmonix's Rock Band, is scheduled for release by Christmas 2009. And when the Beatles' label Apple Corp. settled its long-standing trademark dispute with iTunes creator Apple Inc. last February, it seemed that the main hurdle to a deal was cleared.

McCartney, who was in the middle of promoting his new album, didn't shed any light as to the current hold-up. AP quoted him saying: "The last word I got back was it's stalled at the whole moment, the whole process I really hope it will happen because I think it should."

By David Kaplan