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Apple and EMI announced that the iTunes store is exclusively selling ringtones from The Beatles for $1.29 each. The 30-second tones are from the The Beatles no. 1 hits album called 1, which represent the 27 top Beatles tunes in the U.S. and UK.

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Apple and EMI announced on Wednesday that the iTunes store is exclusively selling ringtones from The Beatles. The 30-second tones are from the The Beatles no. 1 hits album called 1, which represent the 27 top Beatles tunes in both the U.S. and U.K. Each individual ringtone is $1.29 for iOS device owners.

The catalog of 27 tones ranges from their first U.S. no. 1 in 1964, Love Me Do, to the Fab Four’s final U.S. chart-topper in 1970: The Long and Winding Road. Other songs include A Hard Days Night, Eight Days a Week, Day Tripper, Hey Jude, and my routine favorite for running races due to the tempo, Get Back.

As a huge Beatles fan, I’m excited by the news, but I wish the cost of a half-minute ringtone were cheaper than that of an entire song. This kind of ringtone pricing isn’t new with The Beatles deal, but for me personally, it’s the first time I have even been remotely interested in buying a ringtone.

Oh well, what’s one more purchase of the same Beatles content that’s been around for almost half a century. First for me was the CDs, then the Red and Blue compilations, then the re-remastered collection I bought in Mono two years ago, and the…… OK, like the song of the same name, clearly I need Help!

  1. Ganapathy Kokkeshwara Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    Probably the first time I am remotely intested in ringtones too. I don’t have iPhone anyway.

  2. Can’t you just change any .mp4 or .m4a audio file into a ringtone by changing the file extension to .m4r?

  3. Ringtones have been a big business for operators in India from times immemorial …USA seems to be waking up to this simple pleasure now. What comes next ? Caller tunes ?

  4. If you own a Mac and already own a Beatles tune, just open it in Garage Band, trim it down to the desired length, and save it as a ringtone. Don’t pay $1.29 to buy a 30 sec version of something you already own.

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