Will Beatles Start Selling in Online Stores?

Getting The Beatles online into the digital music stores has been talked about for a long time now, and now its seems to be moving towards reality…

Negotiators for the band have spoken with numerous online music providers, ranging from small companies to Microsoft…The Beatles’ side is asking for a considerable sum in return for providing exclusive online distribution rights, perhaps for as long as a year or more. The current round of discussions are being led by the Beatles’ representatives rather than the group’s record label, EMI, according to this story.

This is an about turn from about 6-8 months ago, when the Beatles management had no plans of being on the online music catalog, according to this BBC story

One idea being considered is an exclusive Beatles-branded store, which could be operated by one of the existing online music services.

Reuters: Negotiators for the Beatles have talked with several companies, with a particular emphasis on Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Corp’s MSN, which is expected to launch a music store later this year…some deal could be reached by September, according to this Reuters story…

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