It's being widely reported that Apple—the computer maker, that is—will score a coup of sorts this morning (although the iTunes Store teaser still says "tomorrow," so maybe it'll be Wednesday) when the Beatles catalog will finally go on sale as digital downloads from the iTunes store, possibly with special pricing.
Apple (the computer maker and now also the leading distributor of recorded music) and Apple (the Beatles' music publishing company) have a history of intermittent rancor and dispute centering on their shared name.
A "baby boomer" band from an era when music was much more important culturally than it was previously or is now, the British band called the Beatles are the most popular band of modern times. They were the second best-selling act of the Nameless Decade (the 2000s) in the United States (after Eminem, a currently active white rapper named after a type of candy). The band broke up in 1970, and two of its four members (not including producer George Martin, an important collaborator) are now deceased. The annoucement is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern U.S. time.
Still can't buy Time Fades Away, though.
UPDATE: From the evidence of the five or six songs I downloaded, the iTunes transfers are pretty bad. I had to check my download preferences to make sure I didn't have it set to MP3. "Rain" sounds like a transistor radio at the bottom of a 55-gallon drum. Be sure to sample for yourself before buying.
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